ALLAN Murray Architects has taken the wraps off the first images of its designs for an Edinburgh school.
Boroughmuir High School will be built on a canal-side site to accommodate the 1,165 pupils currently at the school’s Viewforth site just 500 metres away.
Allan Murray said the design retains some of the best aspects of the current school and would create a welcoming environment with “dramatic and inspirational” spaces for learning.
Subject to consultation and planning and budget consent, work is expected to start in summer 2014 with completion scheduled two years later.
The site is marked by the Union Canal to the south, Dundee Street to the north, and Viewforth to the east. Student residences being built for Napier University mark the western edge.
Plans incorporate teaching areas arranged around a multi-functional atrium, traditional classrooms with access to break-out areas, better facilities for physical activity including a roof-top external games area, and a new public park along the canal’s north bank.
Head teacher David Dempster said: “I have been lucky enough to get a preview of the building and now have a real feel for what lies in store in 2016. Outline designs show a school which is innovative, inspiring and definitely fitting to be our new school. The building nestles in a beautiful setting, adjacent to the canal-side park with a definite and impressive entrance plaza to welcome visitors.”
Image – How the atrium will look.