Need Funding For Your Arts Project?

The New Waverley Community Fund (NWCF) is looking for applicants. After a successful initial round of funding, community groups in Edinburgh are being asked to bid for grants to enhance the New Waverley development site area in the Old Town while it is under construction. The fund is a joint project between the City of Edinburgh Council and Artisan Real Estate Investors, the developers of New Waverley.

The total fund available is £200,000. The fund is now open and closes on Sunday 31 July 2016. Application details are here – Past NWCF projects included a community garden, an art installation and a project celebrating the literary history of the area. This particular project brought movie director and Monty Python star Terry Gilliam to The Arches.

Costa Coffee Opens At Edinburgh’s New Waverley

Costa Coffee has become the latest big name brand to open at the £150 million New Waverley development, currently transforming the heart of Edinburgh’s historic Old Town.

The UK’s favourite coffee shop brand Costa sits adjacent to the Whitbread Premier Inn Royal Mile hotel on East Market Street which opened in January 2016.

Featuring the latest in Costa’s ‘international’ design, the coffee shop will provide more than 100 covers and employ 13 staff, serving what is anticipated to be a thriving catchment area as the New Waverley development takes shape.

Costa now operates over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK more than 1,240 stores in 31 markets overseas. Welcoming the launch of the New Waverley Costa Coffee, Kerry Parkin, Costa’s Head of Communications and CSR said: “We are very excited about opening in this vibrant new part of the city centre and can’t wait to welcome our first customers.

“As with all of our new store openings we will do all that we can to integrate ourselves with the local community, getting involved with events; providing the store as a meeting place and helping with fundraising”.

Artisan Real Estate Investors, the developers behind New Waverley has also announced detailed plans for the next phase of development which includes around 220 residential units plus 100,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space.

Artisan’s project Direct Clive Wilding added: “Costa Coffee is the biggest coffee shop name in the UK right now. To have a hugely popular brand like that in the heart of our development is yet another endorsement of the potential for New Waverley to build a thriving and sustainable destination right in the heart of the city centre, linking Waverley Station with the iconic Royal Mile.”

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