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November 22 2021

Royal Blind School housing initiative gets underway

Work to redevelop the C-listed Royal Blind School and Braille Press in Newington, Edinburgh, is now well underway with the refurbishment of the historic building to form 21 apartments and a further 27 new build properties.

Newington Residences is located within the Craigmillar Park conservation area and is being overseen by Michael Laird Architects on behalf of CALA Homes (East), repurposing a historic campus that has lain vacant since 2014.

Following directly after the conversion of the nearby Boroughmuir High School the work will see a sequence of townhouses rise within the landscaped grounds as well as the conversion of a former gatehouse into a two-bedroom home.

Sales director Philip Hogg said: “We believe the attractive renovation at the heart will give the development real character and charm, while preserving a historic local landmark.”

Completion of the first homes is expected as early as next summer.  

A mix of terraced and semi-detached new build townhouses will rise in the grounds
A mix of terraced and semi-detached new build townhouses will rise in the grounds
The C-listed school will be converted to offer 21 one and three bedroom apartments
The C-listed school will be converted to offer 21 one and three bedroom apartments

3 Comments

Randall Sloan
#1 Posted by Randall Sloan on 23 Nov 2021 at 11:45 AM
Why is this fast becoming the norm for residential blocks in Edinburgh/Scotland, these are truly horrendous. Housing has never been so expensive yet so crap at the same time!
Third Eye Blind
#2 Posted by Third Eye Blind on 23 Nov 2021 at 22:20 PM
A quite literal case of the blind designing the blind...
Philip
#3 Posted by Philip on 24 Nov 2021 at 16:18 PM
The demolition of the former ugly extension(s) is welcome but new terrace has an odd (or no) relationship to the listed building. Looks like a terrace of stone portacabins. Wheres the love?

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