New show apartment for top of the class development at former Boroughmuir High School

A prestigious development that is breathing new life into one of Edinburgh’s most prized former school buildings has launched a second show apartment.

By Gordon Holmes
Friday, 5th March 2021, 3:23 pm
The former Boroughmuir High School has been transformed into a luxury development.

House-hunters visiting Boroughmuir by CALA Homes (East) can now experience contrasting interior styles to help them to envisage their lives within the 4.5m enhanced height and mezzanine spaces.

The new show apartment, by Glasgow-based Get Fully Furnished, is designed to generate a calming atmosphere, with a colour scheme of Farrow and Ball’s Skimming Stone throughout, plus burnt orange and gold touches.

While each home in Boroughmuir is subtly different, owing to the careful refurbishment of former classrooms into modern homes, the new show apartment showcases a ‘Type 2A’ apartment – the predominant style that will feature most in upcoming releases to market.

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Living area. Pic: Chris Humphreys Photography Ltd.

Chris Kidd, director of Get Fully Furnished, said: “We wanted to show how varied these stunning Boroughmuir apartments can be and create something a bit more neutral and calming which gives a range of buyers, from professionals to second home buyers, that feeling of ‘I can see myself living here’.

“With that in mind, the scheme of the show home comprises neutral tones with gold accents and hints of burnt orange giving the space a warm feel.

“There are statements throughout – this is a brilliant space to allow designers to add special touches. The enhanced height ceilings have the wow factor – and that is matched by a large six-prong chandelier and contemporary feature wall.”

The apartment has been subtly inspired by the last year as well, with the master bedroom suite reminiscent of a plush hotel suite – and a second bedroom transformed into a permanent home office as homeworking becomes the ‘norm’ for many.

The show apartment has been designed with home working in mind. Pic: Chris Humphreys Photography Ltd.

Chris added: “The second bedrooms are complete with data and power points ready to go, and many of them look out into the central residents’ courtyard – when we visited, we noted a number of home-workers already living here using the spaces in this way.

“We therefore designed the space with a statement desk and work chair, and we’ve even presented some old photographs of Boroughmuir from around the 1920s which I think is a very symbolic and neat addition.

“We have loved this project, it’s a seminal property and I think mixing the old with the new gives it a special charm.”

Boroughmuir is a particularly unique development for CALA Homes (East), as it involved a restoration and transformation of a 20th century school building into modern one, two, three, and four-bedroom apartments.

Living area and mezzanine level. Pic: Chris Humphreys Photography Ltd.

Each of the Boroughmuir apartments comes with access to lifts, parking, and electric vehicle charging points along with a private residents’ courtyard, and all just minutes from open green space and walk and cycle ways.

And while it is located in a quiet and peaceful residential area, residents only need to walk around the corner to enjoy all the hustle and bustle that Bruntsfield has to offer.

The former home of Boroughmuir High School was an innovative design by renowned architect John Alexander Carfrae. One of the first buildings in Edinburgh to utilise a steel frame for architecture, it was constructed between 1911 and 1914.

Apartments for sale at Boroughmuir currently range from £375,000 — £955,000. For further information, or to book an appointment for a tour of the show apartments, visit