Edinburgh’s Old Ambulance Station to house famous artist’s work

7th September 2017

Ryden has secured the Old Ambulance Station at 77 Brunswick Street, just off Leith Walk in Edinburgh, on behalf of the Trust established to preserve the artistic legacy of renowned painter Wilhelmina Barns-Graham.

A 10-year lease at a rent of £12 per sq ft was agreed for the 231 sq m (2,482 sq ft) two-storey property which had been used previously as a creative venue for various exhibitions from new artists.

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust will use the space for its office facilities, to house any art not currently being exhibited and as an educational centre where private viewings can be arranged by appointment for individuals to study and learn more about Wilhelmina’s art. 

The Trust was previously located in St Andrews, where Wilhelmina was born, but appointed Ryden to find new suitable accommodation after their facility at Balmungo House was sold. The Trust was keen to locate in Edinburgh given the strength of art and culture in the city, the presence of the National Galleries and the fact that Wilhelmina attended the Edinburgh College of Art.  

Peter I’Anson, partner at Ryden who secured the new accommodation for the charity, comments: “I was delighted to work with the trustees to find a new suitable home that met the charity’s requirements and the Old Ambulance Station provided the ideal space. Restoration works have now completed at the property and the Trust has relocated to its new facility.”

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham’s artwork is to be found in public galleries and museums across the UK and internationally, including institutions such as the Tate, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the V&A Museum and Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Lambert Smith Hampton advised the private landlord in the transaction.

Peter I'Anson

Peter I’Anson has been with Ryden for 20 years and has wide experience within the public and private sectors in all aspects of general practice surveying. He is a Partner within the Office Agency & Development department, specialising in development and agency instructions.

His responsibilities include advising clients on value, marketing, acquisitions and disposals with regard to office, institutional properties and major developments.

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