A prominent Edinburgh architect working on plans for the historic East Lothian Farm site

The final stage at Papple Steading, near Haddington, will include an agricultural heritage center, heritage reference library, café, shop, auditorium, artists’ studio, meeting rooms, private dining areas and additional accommodation “huts”.

Plans are drawn up by Richard Murphy Architects, whose previous projects in East Lothian include John Muir’s Dunbar hometown, with other works completed over the years including the British High Commission in Sri Lanka, Dundee Contemporary Art, Edinburgh Fruit Gallery, Dunfermline Museum and Gallery Arts.

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George and Ariadne Mackintosh bought Papple Steading, one of Britain’s finest historic “model farms” for the agricultural gentrification movement, in 2017.

The site includes the ruins of a 15th-century Babylonian Abbey, and the Babylon Steading originally sat inside the Whittingham Estate, which was the den of Arthur Balfour, British Prime Minister between 1902 and 1905.

The first phase of Papple Steading was completed in August 2021. It consists of a renovated farmhouse, fully restored Grieve’s Cottage and two of both types built from old farm barns – both listed as Scotland’s most elegant shelters.

Director George Mackintosh said: “Richard is likely to be a leading architect in Scotland, we are pleased to secure his services, and our focus will remain on empathizing with the farming methods of East Lothian.”

In June 2020, California-based Keysight Technologies acquired Eggplant, the software testing company that Mackintosh founded in 2009, in a deal worth about $330 million (£270 million).

Architect Richard Murphy reveals plans for the second phase of the Papple Steading development. Photo: Stuart Atwood

The former Edinburgh-based Macintosh founded Geoconference, a 3i-backed audio, video and web conferencing company, in Glasgow in 1996, with the company sold to Global Crossing – now CenturyLink – in 2000. The entrepreneur was also chairman of the board of an export company Oyster Laeso Fish, as well as Vice President of the Small and Medium Enterprises Council at CIB.

The Macintosh laid out his ambitious plans for Papple Steading last year.

At the time he said: ‘The heritage of agricultural building in Scotland has been lost, and as the son of a farmer it has always been a subject close to my heart. Indeed, the ruins of my father’s first farm, Seafield of Raigmore in Inverness-shire, now lie in one corner of Inverness Park. Retail Park.

“I have a passion for conservation and restoration, and a vision to explain our agricultural heritage.”

Last month, Mackintosh and his nephew Gregor Mackintosh launched and acquired Untitled Oats, with the goal of creating a strong oat milk brand in Scotland.

Mackintosh Oats aims to expand its unaddressed oats operation to achieve a leadership position in the UK, and the company expects to announce major distribution deals and supply partnerships in the second half of 2022.

Plans for the second phase of the development have been revealed as Papple Wood has officially opened.

Scottish singer-songwriter Barbara Dixon joined a host of official and private guests to tour Papple, including Papple Wood, which officially opened that day, while top representatives from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, the National Trust for Scotland and VisitScotland And he also attended the Lammermoire Festival.

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