The site is in the heart of the Fountainbridge area, Edinburgh’s Western city centre. It is bounded by the Union Canal to the South, Fountainbridge and Dundee Street, to the North, Gibson Terrace to the West and the Freer Street site to the East. The site has a long history of industry, brewing and manufacturing, which has now moved to new premises and leaves the site vacant.
The teaching areas are arranged around a multi-functional “heart”, a top-lit atrium space that connects the faculties together, with traditional classrooms offering easy access to break out areas and enhanced facilities for physical activity and external learning, including a roof-top multi-use games area. There will also be a new public park connecting the school entrance to the city, along the canal’s north bank, next to the new school building. The new building will house up to 1,165 pupils, and will replace the school’s current building which sits less than 500 metres away in Viewforth.
Allan Murray Architects
O’Hare & McGovern
This project is part funded by the Scottish Government through the ‘Schools for the Future Programme’ that is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust.
Originally AccentHansen were commissioned to supply 12 steel personnel and plantroom doorsets, in single, double and leaf+half configurations. Some of the doorsets included vision panels, louvres and automatic openers. As the project progressed additional plantroom doors were added. Doors were supplied and installed to meet site timescales.