Photograph of works on the Martyrs' Monument at the Grassmarket © Scott & Brown (Builders) Ltd
With a pedigree like no other in Edinburgh, our 125 years' knowledge and experience guarantees an expert and professional outcome to your project.
Started in 1890 by John Scott, Andrew Scott and Alexander Eadie Brown, the company has been privileged to work on many of Edinburgh's best-known and historic structures. The company moved in the 1920s from 3 Barclay Place in Bruntsfield to its current site in the Newington area of the city, where it took over the yard from Adam Currie, one of the city's leading joiners and a city councillor. We are now very much part of the local fabric with our yard enjoying a prime position allowing us quick and easy access to the vast majority of our clients.
As Edinburgh stretched outwards, we worked on many housing and social developments, examples being the premises of the Edinburgh & Leith Gas Commissioners on Calton Hill (1908), the Grassmarket Housing Scheme, Craigmillar Hostels (1920s), the construction of the Post Office on Kirk Street in Leith (1915) and Alnwickhill (1920s). We have copies of old newspaper advertisements looking for masons, builders and labourers willing to travel as far as Pinkie Burn in Inveresk and an old invoice showing that we were contractors to the Admiralty and War Office! We have also worked on many of Scotland's loveliest buildings and monuments including the Pineapple in Airth, Kellie Castle in Fife, Inverness Castle, Fettes College, George Heriot's School, Perth Prison, the Balmoral, George and Roxburgh hotels in Edinburgh, and many, many more.
However, we fully understand that no modern company will succeed by keeping its eyes solely on the past. That is why we fully embrace the CITB (Construction Industry Training Board)'s Apprenticeship Training Scheme, employing apprentices to ensure that the future of our industry is passed into knowledgeable and capable hands. We also ensure that our team receive ongoing training in both conservation practices and Health & Safety.
We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you, like many generations past of Edinburgh citizens, will entrust us with the preservation and restoration of your property.