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Boroughmuir High School overhaul finalised

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October 5 2016

Boroughmuir High School overhaul finalised
CALA Homes and Michael Laird Architects have teamed up for a residential conversion of the B listed Boroughmuir High School, Edinburgh, together with construction of a new build apartment block offering a mix of private and affordable housing.

This will see 115 homes built within the schoolhouse and surrounding grounds as well as landscaped gardens which will take the place of a separate gym and assembly hall which are earmarked for demolition.

In addition a new build block is planned for the south west corner of the site which will extend the tenement line. Explaining this element of the design the architects said: “A dormered upper storey will correspond to the neighbouring tenement.

“The façade of the end section of the block extends an extra storey and replaces the dormer storey with a ‘book end’ volume. This serves to end the tenement line and reflect the vertical direction of the schoolhouse towers.”

Structural interventions will be kept to a minimum within the school itself by inserting a single two bedroom apartment within each classroom bay, with a mezzanine level inserted to take advantage of generous floor to ceiling heights.

Rear courtyards will be activated by a series of elevated walkways designed to both interconnect all parts of the building and ensure that rear facades become active.

A succession of elevated walkways will snake across rear courtyards
A succession of elevated walkways will snake across rear courtyards
Residents in the schoolhouse proper will benefit from a double height volume
Residents in the schoolhouse proper will benefit from a double height volume

1 Comment

Robert McIver
#1 Posted by Robert McIver on 4 Nov 2016 at 12:53 PM
Local residents now becoming very concerned about the parking provision issues arising from this proposal, as these are likely to impact the already difficult parking capacity in the surrounding streets.

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