Richard Murphy and Simpson & Brown to table alternate Royal High School vision
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September 23 2015new home for St Mary’s Music School.
The Royal High School Preservation Trust has appointed the practices to develop detailed designs for its restoration after making a formal offer of £1.5m to purchase the site, backed by the philanthropic Dunard Fund.
This sum exceeds the value placed on the buildings by the City of Edinburgh Council and forms part of a larger funding package to underwrite the cost of conservation and conversion to a teaching and performance space.
Murphy said: “This is a wonderful site, an exceptionally important building and a delightful client and brief; what architect could not relish such a prospect? We look forward to working closely with the Trust, the School and the rest of the design team."
Initial designs for the new school are expected to be released ‘within weeks’, outlining an alternative vision to that proposed by Hoskins Architects, which would see the school turned into a hotel.
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