Demolition work to begin on old Portobello High School

Work to demolish the old Portobello High School will get under way this week. Picture: greg Macvean

Work to demolish the old Portobello High School will get under way this week. Picture: greg Macvean

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Demolition work will get under way tomorrow (Tuesday) at the former Portobello High School site to make way for a new park and primary school.

Over the next three weeks a digger will be used to demolish existing structures at the Duddingston Road site to kick start the area’s transformation.

Primary 5 children from St Johns Primary got a tour of the old Portobello High School before demolition. Picture Neil Hanna.

Primary 5 children from St Johns Primary got a tour of the old Portobello High School before demolition. Picture Neil Hanna.

Plans for a new £1 million green space at the site were finalised last year after the public was asked to choose their favourite from three different proposals.

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The winning design features expansive lawns, climbing frames and an outdoor classroom to link up with the new St John’s Primary.

Its park area is set to be called Treverlen Park – the original name for Duddingston – meaning “settlement by the lake of reeds”

Primary 5 children from St Johns Primary. Picture Neil Hanna.

Primary 5 children from St Johns Primary. Picture Neil Hanna.

The new school will be built on part of the existing Portobello High site in Duddingston Road, alongside the planned parkland.

As well as lawns, meadows and woods, the new Treverlen Park will boast boulder structures, stepping stones, net and timber play equipment, timber frames for den building and a concrete free-play area.

This will be in addition to a footpath connecting the green space to a planned 3G pitch beside St John’s Primary.