Revised Easthouses Primary design approved
June 29 2022
Midlothian Council has approved a redesigned Easthouses Primary School by jmarchitects and Hub South East on the site of the former Newbattle High School.
Replacing previously approved designs by AHR the school centres on a U-plan building with twin wings of classrooms wrapping around a central courtyard, of a smaller scale than the former high school.
Providing places for 459 children together with 16 places for children with additional needs and an 80 place nursery the school is expected to move on-site in April 2023 for completion in 2024.
Midlothian Council’s cabinet member for education, councilor Ellen Scott said: “The new school will be a high-quality and inspiring learning space for pupils, encouraging them to achieve their potential while also relieving pressures on surrounding schools, in particular Newtongrange Primary.”
The remainder of the former high school site will deliver 98 homes.
Not a single classroom addresses the excellent views. Also, the use of the word ‘atrium’ is pretty misleading. These spaces aren’t top lit and will be darker than the classrooms due to the recessed façade here. The modelling info is bad you can’t even interrogate the clerestory.
MC – re. architects. You get what you pay for.
In defence of AHR, if this is your sector, the race to the bottom finished about 8 years ago. In the main, this is the result. Newbattle HS is no better designed. Admittedly, the actual facilities within are well used, so it’s not all negative.
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