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The Cottage: Inside The Quaich


12th July 2019

Meet Nikki, our amazing Development Manager, as she takes us on a walk through West Princes Street Gardens.

Learn more about the faces behind The Quaich Project team as we share in-depth videos about our team members and what they enjoy most about working in West Princes Street Gardens.


Hi, I’m Nikki, I’m the Development Manager here at The Quaich Project. Putting my sunglasses on because it’s a nice day today in the Gardens and I thought we would take a walk and find a nice patch of green space where I can tell you a little bit more about what I do here at the Project.

How long have you lived in Edinburgh?

I’ve lived in Edinburgh for fifteen years. I moved here as a student to go to university and it just got under my skin, I never left. This space especially has always been a really special place for me, a favourite place for me and I think that it’s really important to be able to leave a legacy for the next generation.

What is your favourite part of the project?

So I think the biggest benefit of this Project is probably the accessibility of it. It’s just really important to me coming from a background of working with young people’s charities and disability charities and I just think that being able to open this space up makes it more accessible and lets people be here more confidently and to really come down here and explore and take part in new activities is probably a really big part of the benefit aspect for me.

What would you like people to know about The Quaich Project?

I think the most important thing that I want people to know about this Project is that it is not at all about taking anything away from the Gardens. This is about enhancing them and bringing more things to the Gardens. Creating more green-spaces, creating more suitable and accessible spaces for people to get in and out. And, ultimately this has been the home of a venue for over 130 years, but unfortunately, it’s just no longer fit for purpose, which is why there’s so much disruption and discord and disagreement when major events take place here. So, that’s what we really want to do, we really want to make the space more accessible, more usable, the whole year round to really minimise disruption when major events take place and provide a really world-class performance space which we can all be really proud of – and we should be.

So, I don’t think I’m quite ready to go back to the office just yet, so I’m going to take advantage of this nice weather and this beautiful view and catch up on a few work emails out here. Maybe I’ll see you around the Gardens sometime soon. If not, I’ll see you next time.