40 Slateford Road

Former Caledonian Brewery

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Artisan Real Estate are preparing proposals for a new residential development (including affordable housing) on the former Caledonian Brewery site, Slateford Road.

Proposals will include new build residential as well as retaining and refurbishment of some existing buildings, new landscaping, access, and associated infrastructure & ancillary works.

The consultation for this project is now complete and a planning application has been submitted.

You can still view the final consultation information by clicking the link below.

If you'd like us to keep you updated on progress please click the link below.

- News Release -

May 2024

Planning Application Submitted

Development proposals set to "respect, preserve and tell the story" of the capital's last major city brewery

The homes-led transformation of the former Caledonian Brewery in Shandon, Edinburgh is now a step closer to reality with the submission of a major planning application to the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC).

Following a comprehensive three-month consultation programme, regeneration specialist Artisan Real Estate has unveiled ambitious proposals to develop the historic brewery site into a sustainable, low-carbon residential development delivering 168 new homes.

Sitting at the western edge of Edinburgh's city centre, the Caledonian Brewery was the capital's last major operational brewery before Heineken UK took the decision to close the site and put it on the market in 2022. The brewery was founded in 1869 by George Lorimer and Robert Clark and its distinctive range of B-listed Victorian buildings provide an important reminder of the city's once extensive brewing heritage.

Artisan announced plans to purchase the 1.9-acre former brewery site in December last year. Welcoming the submission of the planning application, Artisan's Managing Director for Scotland, David Westwater said: "Artisan's development proposals intend to respect, preserve and tell the story of the Caledonian Brewery.

"The feedback from our consultation events was overwhelmingly supportive and positive. There was a significant and long-established affinity, amongst local residents especially, for the historic brewery buildings which will be preserved to form the heart of our new development - including the spectacular 130-ft red brick chimney which towers over the local community."

"We intend to maintain and celebrate as much of the brewery's unique heritage as possible, and this includes marking the site of the two original springs on site which originally provided fresh water for the brewery process."

"There was also significant support for our plans create a much needed sustainable, low carbon residential community on the site, with 168 homes providing a healthy mix of different types of accommodation. This will include a mix of one, two and three-bed family apartments through to duplex units and mews houses, together with affordable housing in line with the City of Edinburgh Council policy."

Mr Westwater added: "Artisan's proposals for the Caledonian Brewery have also secured widespread support from the local business community with 75 per-cent of some 30 neighbouring businesses welcoming plans to bring new investment, interest and people into the area, with the brewery site having remained dormant and unused for the past 18 months."

Artisan Real Estate has a strong track record in delivering award-winning sensitive urban regeneration projects. This includes the New Waverley mixed-use development in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town and part of the World Heritage Site, as well as recently completing the transformation of Glasgow's historic A-Listed Custom House into a thriving hotel quarter.

The Caledonian Brewery's unique heritage and character will govern Artisan's development approach. Around one fifth of the homes will be housed in the existing listed buildings which will be preserved and repurposed. Additional development proposals will respect and reflect the original footprint of the brewery - including recreating the skyline of the maltings buildings which was demolished following a fire almost 30 years ago.

Most of the listed buildings on the site date from the late 19th to early 20th century and were constructed using distinctive red brick with white brick dressings. The existing brewhouse and maltings were built in 1892 following designs by renowned Edinburgh architect Robert Hamilton Paterson, who also designed the Royal Scots War Memorial in the city's St Giles Cathedral.

The brewery currently houses a vast amount of brewing equipment - including what was the last remaining direct fired 'coppers' to be used in the UK, which have been attracting the interest of independent breweries across the world. As part of the redevelopment plans, Artisan intends to 'upcycle' as much of the internal equipment as possible, allowing the Caledonian Brewery's significant technical legacy to continue to play a part in today's global brewing industry.

January 2024

Consultation Launches for Homes-Led Redevelopment of Edinburgh's Caledonian Brewery

Wednesday 7 February at St Michael's Parish Church, Slateford Road.

Development proposals intend to "respect, preserve and tell the story" of the Caledonian Brewery.

A major public consultation programme for the homes-led transformation of the former Caledonian Brewery in Shandon, Edinburgh is being launched on Wednesday (7 February 2024).

Regeneration specialist Artisan Real Estate has submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to the City of Edinburgh Council to develop the historic brewery site into a sustainable, low-carbon residential development, with plans to deliver around 170 new homes.

An initial consultation event will take place at St Michael's Parish Church, 1 Slateford Road, Edinburgh from 4.30 to 8.30 pm on February 7, providing the opportunity to review initial proposals and to meet the design and development team.

An online consultation will also be launched on the same day when visitors to the website
https://streets-uk.com/slateford/ will be able to view development proposals and complete and return a feedback form. A further consultation event will be held in March 2024, prior to the formal submission of a planning application.

Sitting at the western edge of Edinburgh's city centre, the Caledonian Brewery was the capital's last major operational brewery before then owners Heineken UK made the decision to cease production and put the site on the market in 2022. Artisan Real Estate announced plans to purchase the 1.9-acre former brewery site in December last year.

Founded in 1869 by George Lorimer and Robert Clark, the brewery and its range of distinctive B-listed Victorian buildings provide an important reminder of the city's once extensive brewing heritage.

“Artisan's development proposals intend to respect, preserve and tell the story of the Caledonian Brewery,” explains Artisan's Scottish Regional Director David Westwater. “Whilst we are excited by this superb opportunity, we are also fully aware of the cultural importance of the site and its connection both to the immediate community and the city in general - and we will aim to retain its unique character as much as possible.”

He added: “We know the brewery was an important part of Edinburgh's past - but now it has the potential to become an important part of the city's future. We plan to create a much needed sustainable, low carbon residential community with around 170 homes providing a healthy mix of accommodation. This will include a mix of one, two and three-bed apartments through to duplex units and mews houses, together with affordable housing in line with the City of Edinburgh Council policy.”

Artisan Real Estate has a strong track record in delivering award-winning sensitive urban regeneration projects. This includes the New Waverley mixed-use development in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town and part of the World Heritage Site, as well as recently completing the transformation of Glasgow's historic A-Listed Custom House into a thriving hotel quarter.

The Caledonian Brewery's unique heritage and character will govern Artisan's development approach. Around one fifth of the homes will be housed in the existing listed buildings which will be preserved and repurposed. Additional development proposals will respect and reflect the original footprint of the brewery – including recreating the skyline of the maltings buildings which was demolished following a fire almost 30 years ago.

Most of the listed buildings on the site date from the late 19th to early 20th century and were constructed using distinctive red brick with white brick dressings. The existing brewhouse and maltings were built in 1892 following designs by renowned Edinburgh architect Robert Hamilton Paterson, who also designed the Royal Scots War Memorial in the city's St Giles Cathedral. The brewery houses what was the last remaining direct fired ‘coppers' to be used in the UK. Also listed is the distinctive 130-ft red brick chimney which towers impressively over the neighbouring community.

For more information on Artisan Real Estate's upcoming Caledonian Brewery public consultation, visit: https://streets-uk.com/slateford/

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