Creative hub proposed

Printmaker lodges £10m Fountainbridge plan

PrintmakersPlans have been lodged for a £10 million creative hub in Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge area.

Edinburgh Printmakers wants to turn the derelict former North British Rubber Company premises into a printmaking studio, two fully accessible galleries and dedicated learning spaces

There will also be a delicatessen, wine bar and a shop selling original art. It is proposed that a flat is included for an artist in residence.

The project involves conversion of the existing building by repairing the existing fabric and creating a new entrance on Dundee Street. There will also be an extension to form a new courtyard.

The move to a building which is three times the size of its current home on Union Street, will allow Edinburgh Printmakers to open up its extensive archive of artworks in print to the public.

Page & Park Architects said the plans have been drawn to create a hub which will be “a place to see, learn, make, talk about and explore art.”

Edinburgh Printmakers has already secured 80% of the required funding, with plans to secure the final £2 million through a public appeal in the coming months.

The renovation is due to complete in October 2018, and will help transform the former brewery area which is also the site for the new Boroughmuir High School and plans for a hotel and flats which could feature a residents’ rooftop bar.

FountainbridgeMichael Laird Architects’ £120 million masterplan for the Fountainbridge area was approved by the city council in April.

The development will take up 9,650 sq metres of land between the new Fountainbridge site with the existing development at Edinburgh Quay.

Michael Laird is also behind the £35m Urban Villa waterside project adjacent to the Union Canal basin in Fountainbridge.

The practice worked in close collaboration with the New York-based architect Grzywinski+Pons on the Freer Street site. The 180 all-suites unit consists of studios, one bedroom units and four luxury rooftop penthouses.

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