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The mall, then called Princes Mall, bottom left, in 2006

Waverley Mall (formerly known as Waverley Market, Waverley Shopping Centre, and Princes Mall) is a shopping centre in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Edinburgh Capital city in Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. Historically part of the county of Midlothian, it is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore.

It is located at the east end of Princes Street in the City Centre, next to Edinburgh Waverley railway station. Once home to independent retailers, it now houses mainly high street chain stores, as well as a large food court.

Princes Street major thoroughfare in central Edinburgh, Scotland

Princes Street is one of the major thoroughfares in central Edinburgh, Scotland, and the main shopping street in the capital. It is the southernmost street of Edinburgh's New Town, stretching around 1 mile (1.6 km) from Lothian Road in the west, to Leith Street in the east. The street has virtually no buildings on the south side, allowing panoramic views of the Old Town, Edinburgh Castle, and the valley between. Most of the street is limited to trams, buses and taxis with only the east end open to all traffic.

Edinburgh Waverley railway station main railway station in the Scottish capital Edinburgh

Edinburgh Waverley railway station is the principal station serving Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. It is the second busiest station in Scotland, after Glasgow Central. It is the northern terminus of the East Coast Main Line, 393 miles 13 chains (632.7 km) from London King's Cross, although some trains operated by London North Eastern Railway continue to other Scottish destinations beyond Edinburgh.

Designed in the early 1980s, it was built with its roof at the street level of Princes Street, with a landscaped plaza at that level, in order to preserve the view from Princes Street across to Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town. It opened as Waverley Market in November 1984, the name referencing the food market that once occupied the site. An official opening by Queen Elizabeth II took place on 25 July 1985. [1]

Edinburgh Castle castle in Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh Castle is a historic fortress which dominates the skyline of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland from its position on the Castle Rock. Archaeologists have established human occupation of the rock since at least the Iron Age, although the nature of the early settlement is unclear. There has been a royal castle on the rock since at least the reign of David I in the 12th century, and the site continued to be a royal residence until 1633. From the 15th century the castle's residential role declined, and by the 17th century it was principally used as military barracks with a large garrison. Its importance as a part of Scotland's national heritage was recognised increasingly from the early 19th century onwards, and various restoration programmes have been carried out over the past century and a half. As one of the most important strongholds in the Kingdom of Scotland, Edinburgh Castle was involved in many historical conflicts from the Wars of Scottish Independence in the 14th century to the Jacobite rising of 1745. Research undertaken in 2014 identified 26 sieges in its 1100-year-old history, giving it a claim to having been "the most besieged place in Great Britain and one of the most attacked in the world".

Old Town, Edinburgh name popularly given to the oldest part of Scotlands capital city of Edinburgh

The Old Town is the name popularly given to the oldest part of Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh. The area has preserved much of its medieval street plan and many Reformation-era buildings. Together with the 18th/19th-century New Town, it forms part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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2006 redevelopment of the mall

In the centre's early years the atria were adorned by luxuriant planting and water features, with shoppers descending on escalators from Princes Street through a canopy of trees to the underground plaza. [2]

Major refurbishment in the early 1990s coincided with a change of name to Waverley Shopping Centre. A prominent and popular aspect of the mall introduced at this time was the large water feature which dominated the main atrium and incorporated the 11 ft high Herons Dream sculpture. [3] [4] This was removed during refurbishment in the early 2000s when the centre adopted its Princes Mall name.

The mall suffered a decline in popularity in the early 2000s with 12 of the retail units empty at one stage. Major new lettings to fashion retailers CULT and AB10 may indicate the reversal of this decline helped by the improvements carried out by Network Rail to the Waverley Steps access to Waverley Station by the installation of new stairs and escalators, with a glazed roof, and lifts.

Network Rail owner of rail infrastructure in Great Britain

Network Rail is the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the railway network in Great Britain. Network Rail is an arm's length public body of the Department for Transport with no shareholders, which reinvests its income in the railways.

Edinburgh's main tourist information centre is located within the same development. It is accessed through a separate entrance on top of the mall. [5]

In 2015, it was announced that Princes Mall would undergo significant renovation and be rebranded as Waverley Mall. [6] In March 2016, after a £4 million renovation effort, the rebranded mall was officially reopened. [7]

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References

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  2. Scott, N. Keith (1989). Shopping Centre Design. Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN   9780747600459.
  3. "Hilary Cartmel , Metalwork - at Commission a Craftsman". Commissionacraftsman.com. Archived from the original on 3 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  4. "Herons Dream". Flickr.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  5. "Edinburgh Tourist Information Centres". Britainexpress.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
  6. Holden, John-Paul (17 July 2015). "Princes Mall to be rebranded as Waverley Mall". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 15 April 2016.
  7. King, Diane (25 March 2016). "X Factor's Che Chesterman to reopen Waverley Mall". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 15 April 2016.

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