AN HISTORIC building at the centre of Haddington has been restored to its former glory.

A giant crane lifted a copper pagoda into place on top of the floor maltings building, off the town’s Whittingehame Drive, on Tuesday afternoon.

Work has been ongoing since November 2019 at the five-storey building, which is home to PureMalt Products Ltd.

The pagoda was lifted into place during a 30-minute operation and sees the building topped with a pagoda again for the first time in nearly 75 years.

The previous pagoda was damaged during a roof fire in May 1946.

Bruce Turner MBE, chairman and managing director of PureMalt, was delighted that the restoration of the pagoda was completed.

He said: “We are very pleased to be able to restore such a prominent feature in Haddington’s architecture to its former glory.”

PureMalt was set up in 1986 and now employs nearly 100 people.

The business produces natural ingredients for the global food and beverage industries, supplying ingredients to more than 70 countries on six continents.

The floor maltings building on the PureMalt site stands next to Haddington’s Victoria Bridge.

The category C-listed building was originally constructed in 1898 by Montgomerie and Co – a Glasgow-based industrial baker.

The primary function for the building was to produce malt from locally grown barley to provide a raw material for flour production.

The operation of the maltings played a key role in the production of Montgomerie’s well-known wholemeal bread brand ‘Bermaline’.

PureMalt will now continue work on the maltings to re-purpose the interior for company use.

Plans include the construction of offices, laboratories, staff facilities and a hospitality space.