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Preservation work underway at former Boroughmuir High School

October 31 2019

Preservation work underway at former Boroughmuir High School

CALA Homes are progressing the transformation of the former Boroughmuir High School to apartments with the award of a £900k preservation contract to refurbish all 430 windows.

Richardson & Starling will strip each sash and case window to repair rotted and damaged timbers, fit draught-proofing and install new double-glazed units before fitting the reconditioned windows with new weights and ironmongery.

This will be carried out in addition to preservation repairs to roofing timbers to facilitate the B-listed school’s conversion and extension to form 104 apartments.

Philip Hogg, sales and marketing director at Cala Homes (East), commented: “Given the sensitive nature of this refurbishment project, we have carefully selected specialist subcontractors, some of which are local, who bring extensive experience and expertise to this development.”

The £20.4m project is being overseen by Michael Laird Architects and follows the school’s relocation to a new build facility nearby.

Built between 1911 and 1914 Boroughmuir employs an innovative steel frame construction overseen by architect John Alexander Carfrae.

Major half circle windows are over 4.5m wide
Major half circle windows are over 4.5m wide


Roger Richards
#1 Posted by Roger Richards on 31 Oct 2019 at 13:55 PM
Slow news day John?
Walt Disney
#2 Posted by Walt Disney on 31 Oct 2019 at 16:12 PM
So £900k to refurbish windows that will be 50% less efficient than new ones. Say hello to big heating bills and condensation....all in the name of 'conservation'.....just saying like.
#3 Posted by Stylecouncil on 31 Oct 2019 at 20:37 PM
The only other platform running this highly interesting subcontractor appointment newsflash is the rag that is the Edinburgh Evening this an advertorial?
John Glenday
#4 Posted by John Glenday on 31 Oct 2019 at 21:07 PM
No. Just a short window of opportunity! We’ll probably skip the plastering tho.
#5 Posted by Recycler on 31 Oct 2019 at 22:10 PM
#5 naw! The plaster can be ground down and mixed into the new batch, no need to skip. Well that's what I used to do. Bosh!
Alex Gray
#6 Posted by Alex Gray on 11 Mar 2020 at 12:34 PM
We declined this job as the specification could only be achieved by breaching the Construction Product Regulations. Buyers beware!

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