Post — 09 Aug 2017

Work is now in full swing at Castle Mill Works

To celebrate this exciting stage in our journey we held a ‘Breaking the Ground’ ceremony on 19th June 2017 for our supporters, members and staff. It was a great opportunity for everyone to find out more about the project from a heritage, architecture, community and artistic viewpoint, and for everyone to join us in celebrating this key milestone!

Sarah Price, CEO at the Breaking the Ground ceremony, June 2017

Speakers at the Breaking the Ground ceremony, June 2017

Now two months into the project, we are pleased to say that we are on schedule and significant progress has been made. With the site set up and scaffolding erected, the initialfocus has been on stripping out the internal building, carrying out investigation works, excavating floor levels, forming the rear structural opening and removing timber floors and roof slates.

Interior at Castle Mill Works, July 2017

Over the next month there will be more excavation works, underpinning and structural works, the erection of further scaffolding and a continuation of the internal excavation.

Brickwork, exterior of Castle Mill Works, July 2017

Sarah Price, CEO of Edinburgh Printmakers, recently visited the site and spoke to the site manager about the process of stripping the heritage brickwork of paint to reveal the original surface and detail of brickwork:

We are delighted with the condition of these rare handmade bricks. The next stage is to send samples of the lime mortar off for testing so the contractor can mix up specific lime mortar, using the same proportions of lime, sand and cement as would have been used when Castle Mill Works was built, to get as close a match as possible for the extensive brickwork repairs that will then take place. The image above is a mid-process snapshot revealing the polychromatic design detail that we hope to reveal across the building. It is a labour of love; a multi-stage, time-consuming process that is going to really transform the look of the building

Brickwork exposed around double arch windows. Castle Mill Works, July 2017

Whilst work has started, we still need to raise more money to complete the project and turn Castle Mill Works into a world-class centre for printmaking and creative industries opening to the public in 2019. Find out how you can help support this exciting project.