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Garage turned into new venue

Lock-up is the latest in shabby chic coffee

Brew Lab 2

Turning a shabby lock-up in central Edinburgh into a slick coffee shop is one of the more unusual jobs undertaken by architects Iain Shillady and James Ferguson.

The pair, who run Staran Architects, teamed up with Dave Law and Tom Hyde of Brew Lab and have converted the garage in the city’s west end into a second speciality coffee outlet.

Brew Lab“We had to work through the planning and design complexities of turning what was effectively a small, run-down garage into a unit which would work commercially for Brew Lab,” says Iain, whose firm worked on the conversion of the Waverley Arches.

The first Brew Lab opened in South College Street in September 2012 and the success of that prompted the pair to forge ahead with the Queensferry Street Lane project.

Dave said: “When we first saw the lock-up we knew the location was good, but we weren’t sure if it was possible to convert the space into a coffee shop – the end result though is fantastic.”

Tom said Staran helped them achieve exactly what they wanted.

“There was an obvious synergy between Brew Lab and Staran Architects – it resulted in two ambitious young companies working together to create a unique business unit in the heart of Edinburgh,” he said.




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