Brew Lab toasts Starans garage conversion

Brew Lab toasts Starans garage conversion

Brew Lab, the coffee shop brand run by entrepreneurs Tom Hyde and Dave Law, has opened its second branch in Edinburgh in a converted garage on Queensferry Street Lane.

The conversion was masterminded by Staran directors James Ferguson and Iain Shillady, the architects behind the recently-completed Waverley Arches project. Their practice takes its name from the Gaelic word for ‘pathway’. Brew Lab opened its first coffee shop on South College Street in September 2010.

Law 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.” Hyde added: “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.”

Shillady agreed: “We enjoyed working with Dave and Tom at Brew Lab and it’s exciting to think we’re part of a whole generation of business owners that can hopefully grow together.”

Current projects for the practice include converting the former Broughton High School into 74 flats.