Milestone for redevelopment of historic Edinburgh school

THE first homes at the redevelopment of Edinburgh’s former Royal Blind School and Braille Press have launched to market.

CALA Homes (East) confirmed the first release of four-bedroom townhouses along with a three-bedroom mews home. The Newington Residences development will comprise a ‘reimagining’ of the original school building into 21 apartments and a further mix of new build townhouses.

The original school building dates back to 1874 and has been vacant since 2014 after pupils were relocated to a new facility.

CALA said it will take it back to its former glory by removing extensions and outbuildings to ‘revitalise’ its surrounds. The developer will refurbish the historic main building into a selection of apartments, with new build townhouses a mews home and the fully refurbished gate house also featuring within the landscaped grounds.

Philip Hogg, sales director for CALA Homes (East), said, “This is a really exciting development for us, in one of Edinburgh’s most desirable postcodes. There’ll be a great mix of homes likely to appeal to a broad range of discerning buyers looking for high specification finishes and a tranquil location within easy reach of the city centre and the amenities Edinburgh has to offer.

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