HLF puts some welly into Edinburgh arts hub plans

Edinburgh Printmakers2The last standing reminder of Edinburgh’s rubber mill is to be transformed into a printmaking facility after a grant of £4.5 million was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Renowned for being the birthplace of the Wellington boot, the modern motor car tyre, and the first ever traffic cone, the Castle Mill Works building will also feature a hub for creative enterprise and an arts centre with café, bar and learning spaces.

Plans were submitted to the City of Edinburgh Council for the new £10 million creative hub in Fountainbridge for Edinburgh Printmakers by Page/Park Architects back in July.

Chair of Edinburgh Printmakers, Alastair Snow, said: “Castle Mill Works was once a powerhouse of industry and invention. Our plan will bring production back and place creativity at the heart of the community. We are delighted to have support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It will allow us to bring Castle Mill Works back from the very neglected state it has fallen into and transform it into a vibrant cultural resource.”

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