Fantastic news from @EdinburghPrints getting £5m Lottery Grant to transform old rubber factory at Fountainbridge.

The former headquarters of the North British Rubber Company, at Castle Mills in Edinburgh, is the last standing reminder of the city’s rubber mill.

India rubber was used to create wellington boots for soldiers in the trenches in World War One.

The grant aims to try to regenerate the area as a creative hub in the city.

Built in stages between 1856 and 1897 beside the Union Canal, Castle Mills has a strong industrial heritage which played a central role in Edinburgh’s development and economy.

Colin McLean, head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said: “Castle Mills was once at the heart of a thriving community but now stands empty and neglected and whilst much-loved, its restoration presents huge financial challenges.

“We are delighted to be able to help unlock its potential so that it can once again be a centre for new ideas and productivity and a catalyst in the regeneration of Fountainbridge.”

HLF also awarded a grant of £500,000 to assist Edinburgh Printmakers in developing the project to the next stage of the application process.

http://www.hlf.org.uk/news/Pages/Birthplaceofthewelly.aspx#.Uzwzr61dXpY

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-26838516

http://www.heraldscotland.com/mobile/news/home-news/old-rubber-factory-to-bounce-back-as-10m-city-arts-venue.23853476