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Edinburgh Printmakers lift the lid on £10m visual arts hub

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July 17 2015

Edinburgh Printmakers lift the lid on £10m visual arts hub
Page\Park Architects have drawn up plans for a £10m visual arts hub within the C-listed Castle Mill Works, Fountainbridge, creating artists’ studios, galleries, teaching space and a wine bar for Edinburgh Printmakers.

More than three times bigger than the arts organisations current base the facility will also play host to a self-contained flat for use by an artist in residence, as well as an art shop and deli.

To facilitate this the architects will carve out a new entrance and viewing window on Dundee Street and create a new build extension which will frame an internal courtyard, whilst also undertaking extensive renovations to the existing industrial building.

Speaking to STV project architect Eilidh Henderson said: “A key aspect being revealed through the careful removal of the external paint, is the polychromatic brickwork façade.

“Internally where possible, the brickwork will be exposed and panelling to the former board room spaces will be retained and re-used.

“An incredible asset of the building that will be revealed through the project however is the vast open plan spaces created by the metal structural frame, with attractive existing column heads being exposed internally.”

The creative hub is scheduled to open in October 2018.
A cafe space and members gallery will be located in the courtyard extension
A cafe space and members gallery will be located in the courtyard extension
Needless to say artist commissions will feature throughout the development
Needless to say artist commissions will feature throughout the development

Some period features have been lost during ten years of dereliction at the former mill
Some period features have been lost during ten years of dereliction at the former mill

2 Comments

Anon
#1 Posted by Anon on 17 Jul 2015 at 12:55 PM
Depressingly banal.

There were some really promising short-listed schemes for this project.

This was not one of them.

Are Page & Park, sorry Page / Park, some sort of 'safe pair of hands'?
Art Vandelay
#2 Posted by Art Vandelay on 17 Jul 2015 at 13:52 PM
Is 'polychromatic' just a posher way of saying 'multi', aye?

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