The story started when we recognised the opportunity to create something bold in an emerging development area in Edinburgh. And not just any area: We took an option on the former Scottish Courage brewery site – just prior to Donald Dewar’s announcement that Holyrood (just next door) was to be the location for Scotland’s new parliament.
Following a design competition we appointed Allan Murray Architects, who then obtained consent for a mixed-use development – retaining the old brewery shell and adding a striking new facade on Holyrood Road. From here we initially secured the BBC as anchor tenant, before adding a further array of government, public sector and cultural occupiers (British Council, European Parliament, Scottish Enterprise) plus a couple of bars and a restaurant too.
The Tun went on to win the British Council for Offices 2003 awards for Best Commercial Workplace in Scotland as well as Best Commercial Workplace in the UK. Whiteburn sold The Tun to an investment fund in 2007.