Unbuilt Britain - 3. Edinburgh's Great South Bridge Project
In Edinburgh, Robert Adam planned a marvellous street which would act as a gateway to the city. Jonathan Glancey finds out why the city fathers took against the project.
In the third in the series, architectural writer and historian Jonathan Glancey looks at some of the most fantastic building projects of Britain and finds out why they didn't make it off the drawing board. In Edinburgh, Robert Adam planned a marvellous street which would act as the gateway to the city for visitors from the south. Called 'South Bridge', the project allowed for a street elevated over the hilly approach, with rich decorations and elegant colonnades.
It might have been a wonderful proposal, but there was a price tag attached. Jonathan Glancey finds out more about the reputation of Robert Adam in Edinburgh and the reasons why the city fathers took against the project.