St David's Gardens, Abbey Road, Dalkeith
The Unicorn, St. David's Gardens Bench, two feature bollards and entrance panels have recently been installed at a new housing development, built by Taylor Wimpey, at St. David's Gardens, Eskbank, Dalkeith.
Historically, the area was part of the grounds of Newbattle Abbey, founded in 1140 by monks from Melrose Abbey.  It was then the grounds of St. Davids RC High School which was demolished in 2003.
Inspiration for the metalwork came from the stone carvings found on the original pillars to the abbey gardens.  The pillars, topped by carved stone unicorns are still standing and form the pedestrian entrance to a public space leading to the housing development.
At the centre of the circular space, stands The Unicorn, on top of a 2.5 metre stone pillar.  The St. David's Gardens Bench overlooks the space and the two feature bollards can be found between the original stone pillars.
Framing the road into St. David's Gardens, the forged entrance panels pick up on the geometric stone carving detail embellishing the ancient pillars.
view of public space with unicorn and benchThe Unicorn, forged mild steel, galvanised and acid etched.St. David's Gardens BenchEntrance panel to new housing development, St. David's Gardens, Dalkeith.