sugar bond

Attention architecture and history lovers: you might be interested to know that Blair Cadell have an office in a converted Sugar Bond on Breadalbane Street. It is a building with a rich history. Historic Scotland describes it as follows:

'This significant industrial complex, comprising the largest bonded warehouse to survive in Edinburgh and the original buildings of the Bonnington Sugar Refinery Company is an important part of the industrial fabric of Leith and of Scotland.

'Later additions have left the street fronting facades relatively unaltered retaining much of their original character. The buildings dominate the streetscape and provide tangible evidence of the industrial heritage of the site. The industrial origins of the buildings are also clearly referenced to the street with the brick facades, small openings and evidence of the iron construction internally.

The sugar refinery was a large scale industrial operation, producing over 250 tons of refined sugar each week and demonstrates the first ever extensive use of wrought-iron beams in Scotland. The prolific output necessitated that the site was linked to the railway, and railway lines can clearly be seen on maps from 1876 onwards entering and leaving the site. The efficient industrial process embraced all the earliest improvements in the process and appliances of the trade and the building was also at the forefront of technology.

Sugar Bond 2

The plant was designed as a vertical production unit with raw cane sugar going to the top floor of the first building. This posed special challenges for the design with the necessity to accommodate large weights on the upper floors. The use of wrought-iron on this scale was initially unsuccessful and the floors were redesigned in 1865 by the famous engineer William Fairburn. The original brick arched floors were retained but they were supported on iron riveted angle and plate girders. The mill also utilised cutting edge technology in the refining processes, with both vacuum boiling pans and centrifugal drying machinery, the boiling pans alone costing 3000 pounds.'

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