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Calton Hill music school vision chimes with Edinburgh City Council

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August 12 2016

Calton Hill music school vision chimes with Edinburgh City Council
Edinburgh City Council has lent its backing to Richard Murphy Architects vision for the former Royal High School on Calton Hill after throwing out a bid by Hoskins Architects to turn the landmark into a hotel.

Instead the building will serve as a new home for St Mary’s Music School after planners voted to endorse for a more discreet intervention within the sensitive location.

This will see the former teaching space transformed into a public performance and concert venue alongside premises for an expanded music school, each of which will be reached by its own entrance.

As part of this work Thomas Hamilton’s masterpiece will be repurposed as a performance space together with offices, a dining hall and limited number of classrooms.

Separately, a new low-level ‘ground hugging’ building will be situated on a an existing plinth and extending to the boundary of Hamilton’s retaining wall - necessitating the demolition of several later additions to the High School.

Despite approval construction could be delayed until 2022 when an agreement between the council and developer Duddingston House (which is currently appealing against its planning rejection) expires.
Much of the new music school will be housed in a low slung plinth pavilion
Much of the new music school will be housed in a low slung plinth pavilion
Public elements of the scheme will be given a separate entrance distinct from the school
Public elements of the scheme will be given a separate entrance distinct from the school

3 Comments

Dave
#1 Posted by Dave on 13 Aug 2016 at 10:36 AM
"Instead the building will serve as a new home for..."

I think you mean 'would', rather than 'will'. As you correctly point out, Dudingston House Properties still own the property and have plenty of time to appeal, redesign, resubmit, stall, complain, sue or otherwise stretch this whole story out for even longer. It's not over yet.
Terra
#2 Posted by Terra on 19 Aug 2016 at 05:59 AM
I'd much rather this went ahead than the hotel plan, tbf. Looks much more tasteful and subtle, fully giving the building the attention is should have.
T.H.Ford
#3 Posted by T.H.Ford on 19 Aug 2016 at 11:32 AM
#1 sadly I fear you are very much correct when it comes to DHP. Unless they are given a very good incentive to do otherwise.

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