Introducing Foundry 39
Located on Queensferry Street, Foundry 39 opened its doors to the people of Edinburgh on the 28th of July, showcasing a stunning, copper-clad all-day bar and restaurant. The city’s most skilled mixologists are serving up a heady plethora of cocktails, paired with tasty sourdough pizzas and big flavour burgers. This stay-a-while urban vibe is sure to become an Edinburgh favourite.
Housed in a former Chimichanga restaurant, work started on transforming the site in May 2016. The main contractors on the project were Concorde BGW who completed the design and build with branding undertaken by 93ft.
Laura Lowe, Head of Design at Concorde BGW said: “Foundry 39 is the first site of the new Foundry Project concept for the Revere Team. The project involved taking a new site which was previously a Chimichanga restaurant and completing a full internal refurbishment. The site specialises in pizzas, burgers, cocktails and beers.”
Craft cocktails at Foundry 39 will be stirred and shaken with house specialties, including signature smoked cocktails such as; a smoked rhubarb & rosemary daiquiri and smoked heather sour, or more classic options of a far eastern orchard made with lemongrass infused Absolut vodka and the all time favourite, Purple Rain. There will also be a range of craft beers from Innis & Gunn, Camden Brewery and Beavertown.
The drinks menu is supported by many crowd pleasers too, with quality, seasonal, fresh and flavoursome ingredients at the core. Burgers feature pink and juicy dry aged patties served in a cream enriched bun with specials of maple glazed bacon, black pudding, salt beef and homemade sauerkraut to name a few mouth-watering extras. Sourdough pizzas will be loaded with toppings too and if you get peckish whilst enjoying some refreshing cocktails, sharers include dough balls, fried pickles and finger-licking caramel and chilli chicken wings – the perfect accompaniment.
The ground floor of Foundry 39 is 352sq meters with 206sq meters of trade area. The ground floor consists of a bar, dining and drinking areas and main kitchen. The site uses a wood and gas fired oven and its bar is described as a “feature bar creating exciting cocktails for customers.”
The first floor is 180sq meters and houses the customer toilets and back of house areas.
A variety of materials have been used on the project including reclaimed metal cladding, aged copper cladding, aged steel cladding, reclaimed tin panels, distressed painted timber, reclaimed timber and charred timber planks. The finish of the building has been completed with aged zinc cladding on the ground floor façade, along with a large bespoke sign.
Laura added: “The bar has a bit of a moody feel to it which was influenced by the old Foundry factories with use of charred timbers for the bar front, metal and timber work for the bar storage and a specialist aged copper bar top. There are feature high tables which were formed using mild steel and steel beam sections. The restaurant area has a lighter, softer feel with bespoke laser cut tables, aged copper cladding and flamed herringbone flooring. We’ve tried to create a new spin on the industrial aesthetic incorporating reclaimed found objects that are relevant to the locality and concept. Each project has its own unique regional accent and within the Edinburgh site we’ve paid real homage to its dominant rail history and the forges. Within the scheme, railway tracks are set into the floor, reclaimed lane switching boards add decorative features and old railway sleepers were on used the bar front.
Foundry 39 is the first site of Revere’s new brand, The Foundry Project. Revere comprises a collection of independent cocktail bars, restaurants with pubs and boutique hotels.
Laura concluded: “The project was a very quick turn around from brief to completion and had the added pressure of coming up with a new concept design so elements of the job were a little nerve wracking but it’s always exciting to work on new ideas and try out different materials.”
Concorde BGW are a design and build specialists for the leisure and hospitality sector and have been in operation for just over 25 years.
Examples of clients and projects that Concorde has been involved with include The Firestation, Waterloo (Revere Pub Company); Baresca, Nottingham; Pitcher & Piano, Nottingham (Revere Pub Company); The Rickety Press, Oxford (Dojo Pub Co); The Elephant at the Market (Revere Pub Company); and The Blue Boat, London (Fuller, Turner, Smith). All of which were shortlisted for this year’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.
Premier Hospitality caught up with Karim, Head of Design at Concorde BGW, to discuss the company and its involvements with working on Foundry 39. According to Karim:
“We’ve worked closely with Revere, a long-standing client, to develop a brand new concept for which we will work on closely together going forward.
“Working on this project was important as it meant bringing an exciting new brand to lots of different cities across the UK. We’ve tried to create a new spin on the industrial aesthetic incorporating reclaimed found objects that are relevant to the locality and concept. Each project has its own unique regional accent.
“It’s exciting to see it come to fruition in Edinburgh and then watching the roll out where each site will have its own challenges, interpretations and uniqueness to the area.”
When asked what the company prides itself in, Karim replied:
“A willingness to listen to all clients, working collaboratively to achieve results which not only meet requirements but exceed all expectation. All of our refurbishments are completed to the highest quality and delivered on time and on budget by a team that we are super proud of.”