New circulation ensures all levels of this complex historic building are fully accessible
RIAS Scottish Award winner 2021
Page\Park Architects for Edinburgh Printmakers
Contract value: undisclosed
Redevelopment of this 19th century, category C listed, derelict building into a multi-use arts complex centres on printmaking production. It has two galleries, a shop, café, education space, staff offices, environmentally controlled archives, creative industries units and a large print studio. A level entrance opens up the building and encourages engagement. New circulation, with key spaces loosely revolving around new stairs and a lift, ensures all levels of this complex, historic building are fully accessible. At its heart, in the triple height former joinery workshop, is the printmaking studio where artists share knowledge and expertise. Wider creative industries are supported within a dedicated wing. The architects retained and reused materials where possible in their ‘light-touch’ approach to the building’s retrofit.