Edinburgh Printmakers CEO Sarah Price has shared the organisation's vision of a new creative industries hub, as part of an £11m development project at Castle Mill Works in Fountainbridge.
As the project enters its final fundraising drive to secure the remaining £1m needed to transform the iconic site, Edinburgh's creative industries received welcome news of the aim to include a dedicated business incubator in the redevelopment plans.
Included as part of a successful regeneration bid it is anticipated the new hub will house an estimated 50 creative industry workers in total within 15 incubator units.
These professionals will be from related creative industries benefiting from access to world class facilities at the proposed Edinburgh Printmakers Centre of Excellence.
Graphic designers, jewellery makers, fashion and textile designers, ceramicists, website designers, architects and model makers are expected to benefit from a programme which facilitates access to design expertise, knowledge sharing and business support for creative practitioners at a variety of stages in their careers.
Speaking at the launch of the final fundraising drive CEO Sarah Price said: 'Investment in this project can provide infrastructure resources which are fit for purpose for contemporary creative businesses to thrive.
“The Castle Mill Works and Edinburgh Printmakers would provide world class production facilities for practitioners, and each year expects to attract an estimated 30,000+ visitors to exhibitions and engage 4300 participants in interpretation and learning activities.
“The birthplace of the wellington boot can become home for some of the most exciting creative industries in the UK. We're delighted with how architects Page/Park have integrated the incubator plans into the development and the opportunity to make such a positive impact on both the local community and Edinburgh's reputation as an international creative capital will help fuel the remaining fundraising drive.'
Councillor Richard Lewis, Convener of the City of Edinburgh Council’s Culture and Sport Committee said: “The Council has been hugely supportive of the Printmakers’ plans for a Creative Industries Incubator. It has the potential totransform the Castle Mill Works and provide a real boost to the arts in Edinburgh.
“From helping people to discover and connect with their own creativity to providing an employability service specifically for the creative industries, their plans would see this derelict listed building turn into Fountainbridge’s cultural centre.
“We wish the Printmakers all the best with their fundraising drive for this exciting project.”