The redevelopment of this stunning listed Victorian building in Edinburgh is in keeping with its high quality and distinctive Gothic-style design and features a deep half-round cast iron gutter and downpipe system to complement the building.
Located in a conservation area, the former Mission Hall dates from 1879. Originally built as a church hall, and later also used as a Masonic hall, and since the 1960s, the workspace, studio, and gallery. When the gallery closed in 2010, the building was used as a warehouse for a local print business until its redevelopment into 8000 sq feet of office space.
With this historically significant building in a poor state of repair, the highly decorative east and North-facing Gothic façades required sensitive and accurate restoration. It was decided that the detailing necessary for this sympathetic restoration was only available using traditional materials.
Traditional Cast Iron Soil Pipes – Making the Difference
Alongside the replacement of the gutters and pipes, it was also necessary to replace much of the old soil and waste system, that had survived many years of neglect. The architect specified Tuscan Foundry cast iron LCC, used in Scotland for many years, but sadly in many cases replaced with PVC, to the detriment of the building.
Castellated Cast Iron Hoppers
For the eastern façade, the architect was conscious of acknowledging the proximity to the castle, and these cast iron hoppers are Scotlands, and this projects salute to its heritage. Specified in Ivory white, Cast Iron and castellated hoppers bring period authenticity to the distinctive façade. All downpipes were replaced with 75mm round downpipe in ivory white .