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Revised Easthouses Primary design approved

June 29 2022

Revised Easthouses Primary design approved

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.


#1 Posted by Detail-Seeker on 30 Jun 2022 at 08:45 AM
It's all looking a bit samey samey.
Trombe Wall
#2 Posted by Trombe Wall on 30 Jun 2022 at 14:27 PM
Genuinely can’t work out which part of the building this visual is indicating? Are the plans in the DAS out of date – all noted as 2019. Love the active frontage for the ‘Nurture’ section of the building; entrance-windowless wc-plant room-blank wall of gym stores.
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.
John Glenday
#3 Posted by John Glenday on 1 Jul 2022 at 09:16 AM
To clarify, the 2019 scheme is by AHR. The revised project (pictured) is by jmarchitects.

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