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Historic Edinburgh brewery site set for a new lease of life


A historic Edinburgh brewery site has been brought to market.

Duddingston Road West was previously home to the former Drybrough Brewery, which operated at the location from 1895 until 1987.

The Holyrood Village development measures just under two-acres in area, with planning consent as a mixed-use development for 131 new homes and 15 commercial units.

Offers are now being invited for the potential delivery of a residential development, with some commercial, via a mix of refurbishment and new build.

The location is near Duddingston Village, Holyrood Park, Duddingston Golf Course and the Edinburgh BioQuarter.



The former Drybrough Brewery operated at the location from 1895 until 1987
The former Drybrough Brewery operated at the location from 1895 until 1987

For the last 30 years the site has been operating as Holyrood Business Park, catering for a variety of small businesses. It is also home to Format Design, the lead architectural design team for the project.

The brewery was designed by architect Robert Hamitlon-Patterson, also responsible for the Caledonian Brewery and the Royal Scots War Memorial in St Giles’ Cathedral.

It was one of the seven breweries in the area, but is the only one to remain mostly intact and is Category B listed.

Listed building consents have been obtained and the approved development converts the old brewery, while retaining as many of the original buildings as practically possible, including the chimney stack; one of the last remaining in Edinburgh.

A statement suggested that the site may also be suitable for other uses such as purpose-built student accommodation, subject to planning. It lies in close proximity to a number of University of Edinburgh facilities, including King’s Buildings and Peffermill Playing Fields.

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The proposed Holyrood Village development
The proposed Holyrood Village development

Will Scarlett, founder and director of Scarlett Land and Development, which is marketing the site, said: “There is the real potential here for a purchaser to deliver an exceptional scheme, steeped in the history and character of the former brewery.

“The site may also be suitable for other uses, such as student accommodation, given its location in close proximity to many key University of Edinburgh facilities and the BioQuarter.”

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