Scotsman Steps

McGregor Bowes

+ Haworth Thomkins with Martin Creed

The Scotsman Steps, built between 1899 and 1902, link the Old and New Towns of Edinburgh. Over time poor maintenance, bad lighting, vandalism and neglect had created a threatening environment. Repairs to the fabric were limited to a necessary minimum. New gates were designed, manufactured and installed. Works included structural and masonry repairs, new leadwork, repairs and painting of iron grilles, cleaning of glazed bricks, new iron gates and reglazing of interior windows. The steps were resurfaced as an artwork by Martin Creed with different and contrasting marbles from all over the world, each step and landing a different colour.


United Kingdom



Fruitmarket Gallery, City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage



Contract Value

£ 500 K