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June 22 2017

Public drop-in session held for new Queensferry High School
Edinburgh City Council are staging a public drop-in event to build a new Queensferry High School on the site of the existing school’s playing fields – after which the current school will be demolished to make way for a new pitch.

Finalised plans are expected in the autumn for the new school which will be accompanied by a separate application for a 3G pitch to be installed alongside Queensferry Sports and Community Hub for use by pupils during the construction period.

In a statement the Council said: “Recognising how close the school is to the Forth Bridge World Heritage Site, initial designs show how our architects have sympathetically designed the school to fit in to its surroundings.  This includes maximising views from the school across to the Forth Bridge and choosing external finishes that complement the location.”

The consultation will take place today between 16:00 and 20:00 at Queensferry High School.
Ryder Architecture are now working up detailed designs for the school
Ryder Architecture are now working up detailed designs for the school
The new school will benefit from its own swimming pool
The new school will benefit from its own swimming pool

7 Comments

Cadmonkey
#1 Posted by Cadmonkey on 22 Jun 2017 at 16:04 PM
Yes, you can clearly see from this image how the council architect has cunningly "maximised views from the school across to the Forth Bridge".
I haven't seen that innovative approach employed this way before.
Well done lads.
Nice amount of notice on the consultation event.
Appreciated.
Alex
#2 Posted by Alex on 22 Jun 2017 at 17:58 PM
This whole article is quite frankly hilarious. These austerity budget cuts must also be brutal if all they have left is MS Paint.
lm
#3 Posted by lm on 23 Jun 2017 at 11:42 AM
Is this serious ??!!.... I can understand budget cuts and people can't afford to pay for a CGI. I good sketch would've been more than enough but clearly this has been drawn by a 12 year old child and not by someone graduated from University. This is a total disaster for the profession.
Brian
#4 Posted by Brian on 23 Jun 2017 at 12:54 PM
What I fear and suspect is that the planners and architects have their eyes on glittering architectural reputations and awards. What I heard at the consultation was a lot of references to views and designs echoing the beauty of the Forth Bridge. That's all well and good and I'm sure when the planners and architects are sitting at home in their well catered for parts of Edinburgh or Glasgow with their awards and prizes for their beautifully designed building in Queensferry, they won’t give two hoots for the increasing numbers of kids roaming the streets outside the lovely wee building with nothing to do but cause havoc and mayhem due to boredom and lack of local facilities. If the architects and planners can’t produce a good looking building packed with great facilities for pupils and the community alike then a dull box of a building will suffice as long as it squeezes every last drop of the budget into as many facilities as possible within its functional facade. I think this would be the preferred option for those of us who actually live within the local community and use the building, once everyone else has left town with their awards and prizes at the end of the project.
Inahuf
#5 Posted by Inahuf on 23 Jun 2017 at 21:21 PM
@Brian. Stuffing your kids into a boring box that says we don't give two hoots about you or your eduction, just sit in here cooped up like battery hens and prepare for a life of drudgery is the best way to make sure the kids get disengaged and hang around causing havoc.
Trombe Wall
#6 Posted by Trombe Wall on 26 Jun 2017 at 16:28 PM
Until such time as the scheme is clearly seen to be a Hub Lump, I'm inclined to look at the sketches with positivity. In fact, i'd go so far as to say they are a welcome departure from sepia tone renders, birds flying in the corners and kids holding balloons. Image 2 in particular, if it can be realised, would be an amazing space.

Ps - #4. a dull box should never suffice.
Cadmonkey
#7 Posted by Cadmonkey on 26 Jun 2017 at 16:44 PM
Which drawing package are these images drawn in?
Are they REVIT?

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