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Significant Expansion for Garvald Edinburgh

Edinburgh, 11 June 2013 - Garvald Edinburgh, a charity which provides artistic and craft opportunities for adults with learning disabilities in a supported environment, is set to open a new premises in Gorgie.

The charity has signed a twenty year lease with landlord J.B. Mackenzie Holdings Ltd to occupy the 5,384 sq ft self-contained two storey property on Gorgie Road.

With two other sites in South Edinburgh, Garvald Edinburgh was established in 1969 and supports around 150 people with learning disabilities through a combination of creative day services offering a range of craft, catering and artistic skills and supported living, helping its users live independently and pursue their own interests and engage in social activities...

Workshops at the new facility on Gorgie Road will include a land group, drama and puppetry studio and a canteen run by members. Situated on Gorgie Road, Garvald’s new premises occupy one if the main arterial routes in and out of Edinburgh, which is well serviced with frequent bus services to and from the city centre. The surrounding area is of mixed use, with a range of amenities including shops and leisure facilities.

Mike Casey, Director, Garvald Edinburgh commented: “Securing this premises will enable us to build on the range of opportunities that we currently provide and enable us to open these up to even more people”.

Jones Lang LaSalle acted on behalf of the private landlord. Ryden acted on behalf of Garvald Edinburgh.

Craig Watson, Associate Director at Jones Lang LaSalle commented: “Market conditions remain challenging with a majority of tenants demanding flexible short terms leases of five years or less. To secure a 20 year lease to an established Edinburgh charity is a unique opportunity for the owners, and the prominent site on a main arterial route will help to increase the profile of Garvald Edinburgh, which is currently looking to broaden its offering over the coming year”.