£5m HLF award for Edinburgh Printmakers at Fountainbridge / by Oliver Chapman

We're delighted to have helped Edinburgh Printmakers secure £5m towards the transformation of the former North British Rubber Company building into a print-making facility and creative enterprises hub.

Work to the property will be carried out in phases and includes repair of the external fabric to improve insulation and the creation of new open plan floorplates internally with lift and stairwell access.

HLF head Colin McLean said: “Castle Mills was once at the heart of a thriving community but now stands empty and neglected and whilst much-loved, its restoration presents huge financial challenges. We are delighted to be able to help unlock its potential so that it can once again be a centre for new ideas and productivity, and a catalyst in the regeneration of Fountainbridge.”

Built between 1856 and 1897 the factory is the last physical reminder of the area’s industrial heritage and had been languishing on the Buildings at Risk register prior to today’s announcement