Rocket-powered cars and robot head teachers are just some of the things that could be in Fountainbridge’s future, according to pupils at Tollcross Primary School. The children were invited by Grosvenor Britain & Ireland (Grosvenor) to draw pictures of how they thought the area might look like in future for the final instalment of the ‘Past, Present and Future’ hoardings project at Springside, Fountainbridge.
Over 50 children submitted entries to Grosvenor’s competition. Robin Blacklock, Grosvenor’s Planning and Development Director for Scotland, was so impressed with the children’s brightly coloured drawings that he decided to feature 29 them of them over two hoardings along Melvin Walk.
He said “It was fantastic to see the children’s imaginative visions of a futuristic Fountainbridge. The area has a rich heritage and a bright future as the regeneration projects in the pipeline get underway. It is especially heartening to see that among all the futuristic gadgets the children have also drawn people, as people are very much at the heart of this community.”
Animals also feature in many of the drawings, with Christopher Cook in P1 drawing a dog swimming in the canal under a disco ball for a sun while P6 pupil Soriya Osman states the future will be “a cat’s world” next to her drawing of two of her pets. For Brock Murray in P6, everything about the future, from schools and houses to offices would be ‘eco-friendly’ in contrast to Conal McCartan’s more space-age view of the future. The P3 pupil’s drawing shows a dining robot that “serves your dinner well”, a floating skateboard ramp and a special transportation portal which “if you walk into it you are in school.”
Grosvenor’s ‘Past, Present and Future’ hoardings at Springside include a snapshot of the colourful history of the area with many of the historic photographs on the ‘past’ hoarding submitted by members of the local community. The ‘Present’ hoarding features images of Fountainbridge as it is today taken by photography students at Napier University.
More information on Springside can be found here.
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Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
GBI’s mission is to create and recreate inspiring places and neighbourhoods, delivering value for customers, shareholders and co-investors with its place-making expertise.
It owns, develops and manages a diverse property portfolio in cities across Britain and Ireland. Business units are focused on its London estate - 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia in the heart of the UK’s capital - and developments elsewhere in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Oxford, Cambridge and Southampton. As at 31 December 2014, GBI had £5.2bn of assets under management.