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Esh Border Construction wins refurbishment contract for Edinburgh's City Observatory

Esh Border Construction has won a deal to refurbish the 19th-century City Observatory in Edinburgh.

Esh will refurbish the observatory on the city’s Calton Hill, opening up the 19th-century building to the public for the first time in its history.

As well as refurbishing the building, Esh will build a new restaurant and gallery space on the site, which will sit alongside the classical Greek-style structure designed by architect William Henry Playfair in 1818.

The building was originally completed in 1822.

Edinburgh County Council and visual arts company Collective – which will host artists in the project’s new-build gallery – commissioned the project.

The observatory will open fully to the public by 2017.

Other projects in Edinburgh to get the go-ahead this week include a £25.9m regeneration scheme for Edinburgh City Council to build 160 homes, won by Willmott Dixon.

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