The Tron long-term future closer to being secured

ONE of Edinburgh’s most historic landmarks – The Tron, on the High Street – is to open as a temporary ‘artists and makers’ retail space, as a longer-term plan for the building’s future is finalised.

The keys for the iconic building have been handed over by owners, the city council, to the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust, according to the latter, with the retail space opening for business on July 1.

Says the SHBT (here): “The council selected SHBT as its preferred partner to restore the Tron in 2021 and the charity has now signed a five-year lease in an agreement that will see it take on the management role of the building as it develops the restoration project. This will convert to a 125-year lease when the capital project is ready to begin.”

It adds: “Scottish Design Exchange (SDX), the social enterprise company that offers retail outlets for Scotland’s artists and makers, will occupy the Tron as SHBT’s tenant while the Trust undertakes a feasibility study to set out a future vision for the building, working with the local community to develop a sustainable use.”

Picture credit: Place Design Scotland