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Past lives: 9 repurposed buildings in Edinburgh with an extraordinary history

In a city as heritage-conscious as Edinburgh, the general policy in recent times has been to preserve rather than destroy and build anew.

But what happens when a building is purpose-built for a commercial or social entity that no longer occupies it? We take a look at 9 fascinating examples of preserved Edinburgh buildings that have successfully been handed a new lease of life.

Dovecot Studios is housed within Edinburgh's first public Victorian swimming pool building and datesfrom the 1880s. It was opened as a response to an outbreak of cholera in the city.

1. Dovecot Studios, Infirmary Street

Dovecot Studios is housed within Edinburgh's first public Victorian swimming pool building and datesfrom the 1880s. It was opened as a response to an outbreak of cholera in the city.
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This red brick beauty is all that remains of the North British Rubber Company's Castle Mills factory. Built in 1870, it is now an arts hub occupied by Edinburgh Printmakers.

2. Castle Mills, Fountainbridge

This red brick beauty is all that remains of the North British Rubber Company's Castle Mills factory. Built in 1870, it is now an arts hub occupied by Edinburgh Printmakers.
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As the name above the door might suggest, The Fishmarket is housed alongside fellow restaurant Loch Fyne within the old timber-built Newhaven fishmarket.

3. The Fishmarket, Newhaven Harbour

As the name above the door might suggest, The Fishmarket is housed alongside fellow restaurant Loch Fyne within the old timber-built Newhaven fishmarket.
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Leith's main police hub occupies the impressive neoclassical edifice that was once home to Leith Town Hall. It was built in 1828 at a time when Leith was a separate burgh from Edinburgh.

4. Leith Police Station, Queen Charlotte Street

Leith's main police hub occupies the impressive neoclassical edifice that was once home to Leith Town Hall. It was built in 1828 at a time when Leith was a separate burgh from Edinburgh.
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