Community garden to green former Tynecastle High School
August 23 2021
A planning application for a new student housing development at the former Tynecastle High School site in Edinburgh has been made by S1 Developments.
The application calls for the B-listed school, designed by John Alexander Carfrae, to be restored as an amenity hub with charities, LOVE Gorgie Farm and people Know How to run an on-site community garden and facilities within the collegiate-style courtyard space. Shared facilities will be managed to the benefit of students with green space increased by 40% from the present, thanks to a zero parking commitment.
Dan Teague, director at S1 Developments, said: "Following our careful assessment of this site, we feel that student development is the most appropriate use given the constraints. This will not only secure the redevelopment of the Old Tynecastle High School, and provide a boost to the local economy, but also allows us to develop the site in manner which is compatible with neighbouring uses.
“The original school building has fallen into a sorry state since it ceased being a school over a decade ago. Whilst the redevelopment is challenging, we are hopeful that the proposed use brings with it an opportunity to save and renovate the original school building and continue its educational use, benefitting the local community.”
Designed by Michael Laird Architects the new accommodation will include a community facility supporting young people and their families.
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