Thomson Gray are delighted to see the Paolozzi Restaurant and Bar open its doors again last week having been forced to close, shortly after opening, due to the ongoing Covid restrictions.
During 2019, Thomson Gray were appointed by The Edinburgh Beer Factory to assist in the conversion of the former Royal Bank of Scotland building on the corner of Forrest Road, Edinburgh. Opening as Paolozzi Restaurant and Bar, the team at Edinburgh Beer Factory joined forces with Gino Stomaiuolo of Nonna’s Kitchen to open the new venue in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town nightlife.
The works, carried out by SJS, and designed by local Architects, Somner Macdonald, encountered various challenges due to the nature of the existing building. Having been a former bank, the structure threw up a number of challenges the team needed to work around, adapt to, and incorporate into the project.
Whilst the works were on site, various original features were uncovered and incorporated into the design. On the front elevation the classic ‘Surgical Instrument Makers’ ghost sign, which dates back to the 19th century remains on the frontage. And, inside, a portion of the Telfer Wall, part of the city’s old town walls, has been unearthed and will remain exposed to diners.
The Edinburgh Beer Factory supply their own craft lagers to the bar and restaurant and their own corporate identity is based on the artist Eduardo Paolozzi. This theme is carried forward to the restaurant and there’s plenty of artwork on show. The old bank vaults have been transformed into toilets (where you can hear audio clips about Paolozzi and his works) and a sculptural bar dominate the front of the venue with a walk-in space and casual seating also available.
The project value was around £750,000 and the other parties involved are noted below :
Client: Edinburgh Beer Factory https://www.edinburghbeerfactory.co.uk/
Architects: Somner Macdonald https://www.somnermacdonald.co.uk/
Structural Engineer: Robertson Eadie https://www.robertsoneadie.co.uk/
Contractor : SJS https://www.sjsuk.co.uk/
The project images are provided courtesy of ZAC and ZAC Photography https://www.zacandzac.co.uk/