Edinburgh International Festival

Aim of the project 

This has been one of Grease Monkey’s most exciting installs; working with Edinburgh International Festival located on one of Edinburgh’s most iconic streets; the Royal Mile.

EIF put their first festival on in postwar Edinburgh in 1947. The aim of which was to inspire and reunite people whilst in the midst of austerity. It brought together the people of Edinburgh and the world, with volunteers preparing and cooking meals for the visitors for the duration of the festival. The locals even went as far as to donate their own private coal rations to ensure that Edinburgh Castle was illuminated during the festival to showcase the city.

Since then, the festival has grown into the world renowned celebration that we see today with a collection of artists, stars and productions. 

Edinburgh International Festival contacted us in the Summer of 2023 to find out how and where best to put secure cycle storage on their premises, with the aim of encouraging their staff to cycle back and forth from work, with the provision of secure cycle storage.

EIF managed to secure funding with Cycling UK, which they used to purchase bikes for their staff and one of our Veloboxes to store them in. Whilst onsite we were able to relocate an existing sheffield stand to a more suitable location to make life easier for their staff and cycle parking requirements.

‘It was great working with Grease Monkey to install a Velobox at Edinburgh International Festival head office. In order to reduce travel distance of the shelter, we were keen to use a Scottish supplier and Grease Monkey made the purchase and installation incredibly easy. They attended our site and offered recommendations on the best product and location. Installation was quick and easy. The Velobox itself is of a very high quality and is extremely secure.We are delighted to improve cycling provisions at the Festival, making cycling to our office easier for staff. The installation of the Velobox has enabled us to be awarded the Cycling Friendly Employer Award by Cycling Scotland, another step towards achieving EIF’s sustainability objectives.’ Terry at Edinburgh International Festival.