Paolozzi Pop Up Festival Event At The Arches

This August, in Edinburgh city centre, food and drink from local innovators and creators will appear in an exciting pop up festival set in the historic Arches, here at New Waverley. Inspired by Scots-born sculptor and ‘Father of Pop Art’, Eduardo Paolozzi, Edinburgh Beer Factory has put together a first-class line-up of the city’s freshest creative talent from the world of food, drink and art to create a pop-up food and drink venue at Waverley Arches this August 2017.

Kicking off week commencing 7th August and running through to the end of the Festival period on 28th, Edinburgh visitors and locals alike will be able to enjoy an authentic taste of the city in a unique, central location on East Market Street.

The four arches and courtyard on the junction of East Market Street and Cranston Street will host food offerings from Leith’s street food hotshots, the Pitt, artisanal spirits shaken up by the Cocktail Kitchen, wine from Stockbridge’s Smith & Gertrude, and even dapper haircuts from Rag & Bone Barber Shop – all washed down with fresh, unpasteurised Paolozzi lager.

Besides pouring plenty of Paolozzi lager and their new BUNK! range, The Edinburgh Beer Factory are paying homage to Eduardo’s many interests and influences and his philosophy of re-making and re-presenting neglected objects and spaces. Art collective place+platform will be displaying original artwork in one of the arches, while 1930s cinema and all things Pop will provide a playful backdrop to drinking and dining.

Kirsty Dunsmore, Marketing and Co-Founder at Edinburgh Beer Factory, says, “Where most people saw trash, Eduardo Paolozzi saw treasure. We share his belief in revealing beauty where it’s least expected, and hope to inject a bit of glamour and fun into these disused arches.

Paolozzi @ The Arches will be an authentic taste of some of the most exciting local food and drink producers, who are sadly often overlooked in the throng of the Fringe and the big corporate sponsorship that goes along with it. Come along for a genuine flavour of modern Edinburgh and explore these amazing old spaces.”
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About New Waverley: The award-winning New Waverley development is currently transforming Edinburgh’s Old Town, creating a vibrant mixed-use quarter linking Waverley Station to the Royal Mile, forming part of the Capital’s historic centre and the UNESCO World Heritage site.

At the heart of the regeneration scheme lie The Arches, a row of 19 Victorian arches which were originally constructed in 1875 to create double-height openings beneath the city’s Jeffrey Street. The Arches now provide something completely different for the city, accommodating some of the most exciting new independent operators to be found anywhere in the UK – whether it’s cutting edge retail and leisure venues, unique cafes and stand-out restaurants.

UK Government To Move 2,900 Civil Servants to New Waverley

Artisan Real Estate Investors, the partnership behind Edinburgh’s award-winning New Waverley development, has welcomed the decision to create a new UK Government regional hub for the city in 2020. The UK Government has announced that it will take approximately 190,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space at New Waverley, moving some 2,900 civil service jobs into the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. This will include HMRC, which will run one of their 13 regional centres from New Waverley.

The new Government office hub will continue the momentum of New Waverley’s current development phase due for completion later this year, which will see high quality office space blend with restaurants, cafes and shops around a new public square.

Artisan’s £200 million, 7.5 acre mixed-use scheme seamlessly links Waverley Station with the city’s iconic Royal Mile, forming part of the Old Town’s UNESCO World Heritage site. During the last two years, New Waverley has delivered 400 hotel rooms, including two Whitbread hotels – a Premier Inn and a Hub by Premier Inn – and an Adagio Aparthotel overlooking the Royal Mile.

As well as completing 45 affordable homes, New Waverley has also delivered a row of 19 Victorian arches which has been transformed into a new artisan-based leisure café and specialised retail district for the city. Currently under development is a boutique hotel by Apple Apartments, and a further 148 new homes are also planned.

Welcoming today’s announcement, Artisan’s projects director Clive Wilding said: “Bringing the UK Government hub right into the historic heart of the city is a ringing endorsement for what we are building here – not just for New Waverley, but for the city of Edinburgh and for Scotland. “For New Waverley, it’s another significant step of our journey to restore life, vitality and energy to this very special part of Edinburgh’s historic city centre, and will be a natural fit for the exciting and vibrant mixed-use community we have created there. It sends out an important message that our city centres have the interest, value and capacity to attract investment from the very best employers, which sets an important precedent for Edinburgh and the rest of Scotland.”

He added: “People coming to work here will enjoy an unmatched working, leisure and living environment. On their doorstep will be one of Scotland’s major transport hubs as well as an eclectic mix of shops, hotels, cafes, bars, restaurants and homes in a location that reflects both the best of the city’s heritage and its future.
“They will find that New Waverley is a genuinely unique destination in which to work, live and enjoy time out. This is a transformational development of a UNESCO Heritage site, in one of the world’s most iconic yet delicate locations. It’s pioneering the future, whilst preserving the past, representing a blueprint for sensitive yet positive city-centre regeneration.”

The New Waverley offices in which the Government hub will be based will be arranged across two linked buildings providing some 190,000 sq. ft. of space and offering the highest levels of sustainability and operational efficiency. Employees will benefit from modern, well-lit Grade A office space with added staff amenities including a landscaped roof area providing sweeping views across the Waverley Valley. Work on the office development is currently underway and is due to be completed in summer 2019.

Cllr Gavin Barrie, the City of Edinburgh Council’s Housing and Economy Convener, added: “Today’s announcement will provide a tremendous boost to the New Waverley development as well as Edinburgh’s wider economy. Up to 3,000 civil service jobs being moved to the heart of the city will not only add to the growing vibrancy of the New Waverley area but it will also add hundreds of thousands of pounds to the local economy each year.

“The development already has an attractive public square in place for colleagues and friends to meet. If you combine this huge increase in footfall with the thousands of staff already working in Council buildings and other offices nearby, the sense of place already being created by the development will be greatly enhanced. The many new and existing shops, cafes, restaurants and other attractions in the local area will reap the benefits of today’s announcement for many years to come.”
New Waverley has won a range of place-making awards in 2017 – including best regeneration project for both the Scottish Property Awards and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards.