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Page\Park wins printmakers competition

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Page\Park has won the competition to create a new £5.7 million base for Edinburgh Printmakers in Fountainbridge, to the west of the city

The Glasgow-based, AJ100-ranked practice, saw off five other finalists including Oliver Chapman, who had completed the project’s feasibility study and initial Heritage Lottery Fund application, as well as Elder and Cannon, Reiach and Hall, Malcolm Fraser Architects and Richard Murphy Architects.

The scheme will create a new base for the prestigious printmaking charity inside the decaying former Castle Mills premises of the North British Rubber Company. The building is the last remaining structure on the 8ha site.

The project will refurbish a 2,000m² building near Union Canal, and will feature gallery spaces, a café, a bar and a retail area.

Currently on the Buildings at Risk Register, the 1894 factory produced 2,750 pairs of rubber trench boots a day during the First World War but closed in the 1960s.

Edinburgh Printmakers plans to relocate from its 23 Union Street home to the Grade C-listed Castle Mills complex in 2017.

The new Fountainbridge base has been enabled by a Heritage Lottery Enterprise Fund award of nearly £5 million. It will allow Edinburgh Printmakers to expand its creative programme and host more exhibitions, public art programmes and community based arts projects. The charity is also planning printmaking facilities for local artists.

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