Classy vision for former school building in Edinburgh

Classy vision for former school building in Edinburgh
Full height windows would be retained

Public will be consulted on ambitious CALA plans to transform capital’s historic Boroughmuir High School

The first visuals of an exciting outline concept to sympathetically restore and revitalise the historic Boroughmuir High School building in Edinburgh have been unveiled by a renowned house builder.

The designs show plans for an open courtyard with a series of walkways, along with a stunning conversion of a large classroom into a split level mezzanine apartment.

Pupils from the school in Viewforth are to move into a £35 million purpose-built new campus and Edinburgh Council agreed to sell the Category-B listed building to CALA Homes, which has its national headquarters in the city.

The upmarket housebuilder will be undertaking a public exhibition on Friday June 17, 3pm to 7pm and Saturday June 18, 9am to 1pm at St Oswald’s Hall, Montpelier Park, Edinburgh. The exhibition will show proposals to transform the building by creating 87 mezzanine apartments, while also delivering 28 affordable homes in one of the city’s most sought-after locations.

David McGrath Managing Director with CALA Homes (East), said: "We are at the very earliest stages of the process and will be consulting widely with the local community.

"While we believe we have come up with a sympathetic restoration plan which will enhance an already thriving area, there is a long way to go and we want to seek the views of local people.

"It makes sense for us to be starting the journey through the due and proper planning process and we are working towards having a full and formal planning application submitted later this year."

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