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New brewery planned for Scottish capital

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Innis & Gunn has formally submitted a planning application for its new brewery at Heriot-Watt University’s Research Park west of Edinburgh.

The project is said to be the first major brewery in the Scottish capital for 150 years and will host a world-centre for brewing studies and applied learning in partnership with the university.

Innis & Gunn said it will be the UK’s first major tie-up between a full-scale brewery and a university. The project will create up to 30 new jobs and the firm’s 45 office-based staff will relocate there from its head office in Randolph Crescent.

The brewery will include a high-speed canning and bottling line and will consolidate all outsourced production under one roof. Modern equipment and technology are intended to reduce the firm’s carbon footprint by up to 30%.

Founder and Master Brewer Dougal Gunn Sharp said: “I am excited that we have submitted our planning application. This means that the project now enters a statutory phase during which our application will be considered by the local authorities in Edinburgh.

“In normal times, we would expect this process to take three or four months. However, because of the COVID-19 situation we are not able to say how long this stage might take.

“This natural pause in the project comes at a helpful time. Right now, our priorities remain the welfare of our staff and ensuring the continuing supply of Innis & Gunn beers to our key customers in the UK and overseas, where we have seen surging demand since the start of this crisis.”

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