IMAGES of the state-of-the-art campus which will replace dilapidated premises at Boroughmuir High School have been released by education bosses.
A roof-top games area, multi-functional atrium and classrooms with quick access to collaborative “break-out” spaces are among the cutting-edge features set to be offered to the school’s pupils and their teachers when the new building opens on the former Fountain Brewery site in summer 2016.
Council leaders and teachers said they were “delighted” with the Allan Murray Architects-designed building, which will accommodate up to 1165 pupils.
David Dempster, head teacher, 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 – the ‘new’ Boroug–muir High School looks to be shaping up to all we dreamed of, and more.
“Outline designs show a school which is innovative, inspiring and definitely fitting to be our new school.”
Also included are plans for a new public park, situated adjacent to the school building and along the Union Canal’s north bank.
“The building nestles in a beautiful setting, adjacent to the canal-side park with an impressive entrance plaza,” said Mr Dempster.
Last year, Boroughmuir High was named Scottish State Secondary of the Year, even though its existing building at Viewforth had been branded one of the worst in the country.
Mairianna Clyde, chair of Merchiston Community Council, praised the designs as “very attractive” but said she still had concerns.
“In future, it’s always going to be regretted that they didn’t get a bigger site than they got,” she said. One of the problems is access to the site, which is in the very far north-west of the catchment area. We saw nothing that showed where staff are going to park – I don’t know how they’re going to resolve that.
“And they’re going to have to bus pupils up to Meggetland for serious field sports.”
But designers and education leaders said the new building would allow pupils and staff at Boroughmuir to flourish.
Architect Allan Murray said: “This design for Boroughmuir High School retains some of the best aspects of the current school, and seeks to create a welcoming environment with dramatic and inspirational spaces for learning both inside and outside.”
Education leader Paul Godzik said: “Pupils, parents and teachers have been waiting a long time for a new school, so I’m delighted we are able to show them plans that bring a vision for the new school to life.
“Boroughmuir has a first-class academic track record, and the focus is now firmly on delivering a new school that provides an equally impressive learning environment.”