Post — 19 May 2017

Work due to start at Castle Mill Works

We are now at an exciting phase of the Castle Mill Works project. After five years of planning and fundraising, we are delighted to confirm that we are now about to start work on site and get one step closer to opening our new home in 2019!

The temporary Rust Garden plants have already moved to their new home at The Grove Community Garden in Fountainbridge. And in the next few months, there will be a visible increase in the level of activity on site, with contractors securing the site and mobilising to start work. The main contractor will be announced at a Breaking the Ground ceremony in June and they will supply a schedule of activity soon. We’ll post more details on this blog as we receive them.

The next stage will see a greater fundraising challenge following the conclusion of the tendering process for the project, as there has been an increase in costs, taking the total capital development budget to £12.3 million. This is due to a greater increase in construction inflation than forecasted, partly due to the increase in the number of construction projects inScotland driving overall prices up combined with the increase in costs of materials sourced outside the UK.

In addressing this increase Edinburgh Printmakers CEO Sarah Price said: “We are committed to the vision of a new Centre of Excellence for Printmaking and Creative Industries Hub at Castle Mill Works and we have been successful in raising over 80% of the needed funding.

The support we have received from our key funders; The National Lottery, Scottish Government, Creative Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland as well as trusts and foundations including Garfield Weston Foundation and The Robertson Trust to raise over £10million of the project total has underlined the desire for this project to go ahead.

The City of Edinburgh Council have also pledged their full support by transferring the building for the project, recognising that this facility will make a positive contribution to the local and national economy. As we have successfully secured over £10million towards the project, construction will start this month whilst we work towards raising the remaining funds. We are aiming for the main building to be open in 2019 and we will continue to fundraise for the remaining £2.3m over the coming 3 years to complete the full project as planned. I'm confident that the experience in our project team and the overwhelming support from both the local community and donors can be built on to fully realise this transformative project.”

To meet the fundraising challenge, we will be increasing our activity to engage trusts and foundations and to develop corporate support for our artistic and creative industries work. More info

Critically, it will be the support from individuals that will now make all the difference. The next few months will see us build on our recently launched #50for50 donation campaign and our successful Friends of EP scheme across printed and social media. More info.

We also have a Patron Scheme for higher level donations, supported by our Patron Artists, John Byrne, Callum Innes and Rachel Maclean, who have kindly donated limited edition prints for our Patrons. More info 

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