Away Industries

by Katy Fowler in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We did it
On 28th May 2023 we successfully raised £7,557 with 63 supporters in 32 days

We are renovating an old bank to restore its incredible original features and create a welcoming event, exhibition & co-working space.

by Katy Fowler in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Away Industries is a start up with a mission to create a welcoming event, exhibition & co-working space co-founded by event consultant  Katy Fowler, and architect Matthew Johnson.

Away Industries can be found at 92 Constitution Street, Leith (92 CS) in a significant listed building at the crossroads with Queen Charlotte Street. We have always been drawn to the rich history and vibrancy of the area, and we were delighted when we secured a long term lease for the ground floor of a fabulous old bank.  

Facing the original Leith Town Hall, now occupied by the Leith Polis, 92 CS was originally built as a merchant’s house in 1793. The original vaults still exists at 92 CS, including a huge metal safe and  the astonishing metal shutters are thankfully all still in situ. 

In spare time over the past 14 months Katy and Matt  have carried out all the renovation works ourselves. We have removed many layers of carpet tiles, bogging glue, linings and levelling screed, to expose the stunning original floor boards, throughout the building.  We have sanded these back and sealed them to ensure their longevity. We can’t quite believe why anyone would want to cover them up! 

In the three main spaces we have plastered the walls, well, the best plasterer in Scotland did. 

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So, about these three main spaces at Away Industries, they are pretty impressive.

The largest space, we have named ‘The Telling Hall’, and our vision for this area is for a dynamic event space for exhibitions, screenings, launches, pop ups and gallery residencies, private dining, meeting room hire,  hourly and daily hot desking......what would you do?

It is quite hard to describe the quality of light in this space as anything other than outstanding. The corner aspect on a crossroads allows light to move beautifully round the space enhancing productivity, creativity, and overall well-being.

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Our second largest space, we have named ‘The Office of the Manager’, the original vault and safe are here, including the biggest key on the planet. Other than the magnificent bird of paradise we have put in this room, the beautiful fireplace long hidden behind magnolia painted plywood is one of the most prominent features in the space. 

The 'Office of the Manager' is home to Away Industries first resident, Haar Architects. 

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Our third space, we have named ‘The Cash Room’. Our vision for this space is ideally for a permanent residency, with a small agency making it their home. Alternatively it will house around 6 co working spaces and could function well as a meeting room. 

This room points west and the afternoon and evening light in here is fantastic, particularly as it faces onto our top secret courtyard. 

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We would like to open our doors as we welcome the trams to Leith.  We can see the tram stop from our front door, literally 60 seconds away, enabling a connection between Leith, Edinburgh City Centre and Edinburgh International Airport. 

There will be a captive audience as trams and vehicles wait for the lights, creating an amazing opportunity to showcase Away Industries and all who sail in her. 

As custodians of this wonderful building we have an obligation to make a positive contribution to the community and we are passionate about repurposing this old building to create unique and interesting spaces that contribute to the cultural and social life of the community.

This is a fantastic opportunity to provide a unique backdrop for many types of creative industries set in the vibrant community of Leith. The prominent location of Away Industries at a crossroads is important literally and metaphorically. 

Away represents a journey, and we chose the word industry because it reflects the hard work, diligence, organisation, development and growth that we want to bring back to this building.  

We recognise the significance of the building, and the importance of a sensitive restoration, but we have taken this as far as we can and are asking for help to allow us to complete works with the respect the building deserves.  

Exposing the original shutters     Exposing wonderful original metal detail 

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WHY ARE WE CROWDFUNDING 

Short story....to continue and finalise the renovations and refurbishment at 92 CS.

We are now at the stage we need to engage with professionals to assist with some of the below and whilst we will still be rolling up our sleeves, we need to assemble a team to help for the final push. 

  • Heating and Plumbing throughout
  • Electrics - Full rewire
  • Plasterer - 2 x bathrooms and kitchen 
  • Fitted kitchen 
  • Insulation 
  • Paint removal - shutters and metal doors 
  • Painting - internal woodwork 
  • Sand and seal The Cash Room floor 
  • Micro cement pour - Hallway, kitchen and WC's 
  • Main Door - Strip, paint & seal
  • Website development
  • Marketing and PR

WHY PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT

The crowdfunding campaign is about the next steps for Away Industries. 

At the heart of this is community.  Supporting local businesses in Leith and the wider City of Edinburgh is a key part of our aspirations. 

Events and Hospitality sectors are still recovering from the pandemic, and it is important that when we do open our doors, we are bringing local cafes, bakeries, restaurants and furniture suppliers with us on our journey. 

A rising tide lifts all ships, eh? 

We have a big vision for Away Industries, and your support will make a massive difference. As many commercial properties lie empty across the city, we have an opportunity to bring activity and industry back into this magnificent building. 

Whether you buy merchandise or would like to come and join us and others for a private dining experience, we hope you can pledge support, to allow us to finish renovating a truly remarkable space. Thank you! 

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THANK YOU!

Thank you so much for reading about our crowdfunding campaign.

It's really appreciated, and we hope you can help and support us to finish the project! We can't wait to welcome you to the space and show you around Away Industries. 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£125 or more

3 of 50 claimed

Barry Fish - Supper Club

We’re so excited to announce our chef for the supper club will be Chef Barry Bryson! Join us for a special dining experience in the Telling Hall with a bespoke menu prepared by Barry and paired wines from Mistral - Leith.

£5 or more

A Fiver - Away Industries big thank you!

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will receive thanks on our website and social channels.

£10 or more

Away Industries Merch - Stickers

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will receive 5 Away Industries branded stickers. + Thanks on our website Hand delivered or collection - come and say hello at Away Industries. Additional postage charge outwith Edinburgh or an EH Postcode.

£15 or more

5 of 50 claimed

Away Industries Merch - Enamel Mug

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will receive an Away Industries branded enamel mug. + Thanks on our website Hand delivered or collection - come and say hello at Away Industries. Additional postage charge outwith Edinburgh or an EH Postcode.

£18 or more

Away Industries Merch - Tote Bag

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will receive an Away Industries branded tote bag. Black tote with white print. + Thanks on our website Hand delivered or collection - come and say hello at Away Industries. Additional postage charge outwith Edinburgh or an EH Postcode.

£25 or more

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Away Industries Merch - Water Bottle

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will receive an Away Industries branded Water Bottle (500ml approx) + Thanks on our website Hand delivered or collection - come and say hello at Away Industries. Additional postage charge outwith Edinburgh or an EH Postcode.

£27 or more

Away Industries Merch - T-shirt

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will receive an Away Industries branded t-shirt. Black t-shirt with white print. + Thanks on our website Hand delivered or collection - come and say hello at Away Industries. Additional postage charge outwith Edinburgh or an EH Postcode.

£35 or more

The Telling Hall - Hot Desk - 1 day

8 hours worth of hot desking. Coffee & Tea Refreshments. High Speed Internet. + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our Website. Can be used and valid until July 2024

£50 or more

4 of 100 claimed

Away Industries Merch Tote Bag, T-Shirt & Stickers

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will receive an Away Industries branded Tote Bag, t-shirt & stickers. Black tote bag with white print. Black t-shirt with white print. + Thanks on our website Hand delivered or collection - come and say hello at Away Industries. Additional postage charge outwith Edinburgh or an EH Postcode.

£85 or more

2 of 50 claimed

Away Industries Merch Bundle

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will receive an Away Industries Merch Bundle inc tote bag, t-shirt, water bottle, enamel mug, & stickers + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our website. Hand delivered or collection - come and say hello at Away Industries. Additional postage charge outwith Edinburgh or an EH Postcode.

£95 or more

2 of 60 claimed

Preview Brunch

As a thank you for pledging your support, you will be invited to a Sneak Peak brunch at Away Industries, ahead of our official launch. You will receive an Away Industries brunch goody bag inc tote bag, water bottle , enamel mug & stickers. Welcome Bloody Mary / Fizz / Mimosa / Mocktail / Juice / Coffee / Tea & Buffet Brunch + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our Website.

£100 or more

The Telling Hall - Hot Desk - 5 consecutive days

1 week Hot Desking (5 days together). Coffee & Tea Refreshments. High Speed Internet. + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our Website. Can be used and valid until July 2024.

£150 or more

The Telling Hall - Hot Desk - 5 Days

5 Days worth of hot desking (The 5 days do not need to be taken together) Coffee & Tea Refreshments. High Speed Internet. + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our Website. Can be used and valid until July 2024

£200 or more

The Telling Hall - Monthly Flexible Hot Desk

2 days per week hot desking (8 in Total). Coffee & Tea Refreshments. High Speed Internet. + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our Website. Can be used and valid until July 2024 * We have put this at unlimited, this is subject to demand and availability upon booking.

£200 or more

Katy Fowler Event Consultancy

Event Consultancy - 4 Hours Consultation with Katy. Do you need help to plan an indoor or outdoor event? Support with site design and layout? Let me help you get started!

£220 or more

1 of 20 claimed

The Telling Hall - half day hire

Half day hire of The Telling Hall. Either 9am - 1pm or 1.30pm - 5.30pm. Catering can be added at an additional cost. Breakfast / Brunch platter or Lunch Platter from a local Leith preferred supplier. Standing Capacity - 60pax. Seated Boardroom Capacity - 20pax + + Invite to launch of Away Industries + Thanks on our Website Can be used and valid until December 2024

£300 or more

0 of 25 claimed

Pop Up - Evening - The Telling Hall

Host a pop up evening at Away Industries. What would you do? Exhibition? Screening? Product launch? Book Launch? You tell us! No catering included. Catering can be added at an additional cost. 6pm - 9pm + Invite to launch of Away Industries + Thanks on our Website Can be used and valid until December 2024

£350 or more

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The Telling Hall - Full day hire

Full day hire of The Telling Hall. 9am - 5pm Catering can be added at an additional cost. Breakfast / Brunch platter or Lunch Platter from a local Leith preferred supplier. Standing Capacity - 60pax Seated Boardroom Capacity - 20pax + + Invite to our Away Industries Launch + Thanks on our Website Can be used and valid until July 2024

£400 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Pop up - Weekend (1 day) - The Telling Hall

Host a pop up at Away Industries. What would you do? Exhibition? Screening? Product launch? Book Launch? Pop up Shop? You tell us! No catering included. Catering can be added at an additional cost. Saturday only or Sunday only 9am - 5pm + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our Website. Can be used and valid until July 2024

£440 or more

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The Telling Hall - 2 x half day hire

2 x Meeting room half day hire of The Telling Hall. Either 9am - 1pm or 1.30pm - 5.30pm. Catering can be added at an additional cost Breakfast / Brunch platter or Lunch Platter from a local Leith preferred supplier. Standing Capacity - 60pax Seated Boardroom Capacity - 20pax + + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our Website . Can be used and valid until July 2024

£550 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Pop up - Full Weekend - The Telling Hall

Host a pop up at Away Industries. What would you do? Exhibition? Screening? Product launch? Book Launch? Pop up Shop? You tell us! No catering included. Catering can be added at an additional cost. All weekend Saturday 9am - 5pm Sunday 9am - 5pm + Invite to launch of Away Industries. + Thanks on our Website. Can be used and valid until July 2024

£800 or more

HAAR Architects

Consultation 2hrs (Basic). An extended consultation during which Matt from Haar Architects will discuss your requirements and outline how changes could be made to improve how you use your property. Following the consultation Matt will issue a short report including some initial ideas. *Consultation bookings would commence from 28/05/2023

£950 or more

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The Cash Room - 1 month exclusive use

1 Month exclusive use in August - The Cash Room - 18.5m2 Includes: 1 x Large Desk - 4 - 6pax. 6 x Seats. Nespresso Machine. Use of Courtyard. Street Window Signage. Presence on Away Industries Website. High Speed Internet. + Invite to our Away Industries Launch. + Thanks on our Website.

£1,000 or more

HAAR Architects

Consultation 2hrs Basic (as above) Consultation, plus a 15% fee discount voucher for future work valid until May 2024 *Consultation bookings would commence from 28/05/2023

£2,500 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Fine Dining Experience - 8 pax

Private Chef Bespoke Menu Paired Wines Seasonally Styled Telling Hall Can be used and valid until December 2024

£5,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Fine Dining Experience - 16 pax

Private Chef Bespoke Menu Paired Wines & Cocktails Seasonally styled Telling Hall Can be used and valid until December 2024

£10,000 or more

Donation

Permanent listing as an outstanding supporter on website, hard copy info and on building signage.

£140 or more

4 of 4 claimed

Supper Club - Individual Ticket

Seat at the Table - Dinner in The Telling Hall. Private Chef. Bespoke Menu. Paired Wines. Can be used and valid until December 2024

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