Go-ahead for £20m Edinburgh brewery

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
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Plans have been approved for the first major brewery to be built in Edinburgh for nearly 150 years.

Brewer Innis & Gunn will invest £20m in the project, which will be built at Heriot-Watt University’s Research Park.

Spanning a two-hectare site, the new facility, designed by local practice Comprehensive Design Architects, will provide increased brewing capacity to support continued growth both in the UK and internationally.

Plans are being drawn up to ensure that undergraduates studying at the world-renowned School of Brewing and Distilling spend time on placement in the brewery, engaged in on-the-job learning.

Further collaboration between Innis & Gunn and Heriot-Watt University is envisaged in fields such as low carbon brewing technologies, product and packaging innovation, and new product development.

Dougal Gunn Sharp, founder, said: “I have wanted to build this brewery in Edinburgh for almost two decades and as the business has grown and gone from strength to strength, the importance has only increased.

“Plans for the brewery have taken a natural pause as we all continue to deal with the impacts of the pandemic, but we are committed to building the brewery when the time is right.

Although we cannot give an exact date for breaking ground, the longer timeframe does have some positives including more options in the market for the best low-carbon equipment and technology, which have the potential to change the game in terms of energy usage in brewing and packaging processes.”

 

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