Old Boroughmuir High School flats: Take a sneak peek inside the new flats at converted school building

Housebuilder Cala Homes (East) offer first glimpse at old Boroughmuir High School flats

Images of the first glimpse of flats within the old Boroughmuir High School development have been released and the show apartment is now open to private viewings.

The development at Boroughmuir offers a selection of 87 apartments ranging from one to four-bedrooms in the former high school, regarded as one of Edinburgh’s most iconic school buildings.

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It was originally designed by architect John Alexander Carfrae and is one of the first buildings in Edinburgh to utilise a steel frame for architecture, it was constructed between 1911 and 1914.

The new show apartment has been styled by renowned designer Eileen Kesson at Envision Showhomes - through an innovative collaboration with Danish luxury lifestyle brand BoConcept

Its new show apartment has been styled by renowned designer Eileen Kesson at Envision Showhomes through an innovative collaboration with Danish luxury lifestyle brand BoConcept and can now be viewed by appointment.

The show apartment offers a look at the development’s double-height ceilings and preserved and restored sash and case windows, as well as a mezzanine bedroom.

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Philip Hogg, Sales and Marketing Director for CALA Homes (East) said: “We have no doubt that this show apartment will wow potential buyers who are looking into the area.

“The team at Envision Showhome are magnificent in realising our concepts, and this show apartment is a perfect reflection of that.

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The new show apartment has been styled by renowned designer Eileen Kesson at Envision Showhomes - through an innovative collaboration with Danish luxury lifestyle brand BoConcept

“The Boroughmuir development is set to be a fantastic achievement in not only refurbishment of an old building, but of modern design.”

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Eileen said: “This was a unique and exciting project. Being an old building, Boroughmuir presented an interesting challenge to utilise its best features and maintain its traditional charm, while also making it contemporary.

“What Boroughmuir presents in abundance is height – it’s the development’s signature element. We’ve incorporated a beautiful light fitting made exclusively for the apartment which cascades down from the ceiling with sparkle, bridging the height found in the apartment.

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“The light reflected around the apartment through its colossal windows is a real bonus and has allowed us to be bold in our colour selection. We decided to incorporate the school’s colours into the apartment as a nod towards the building’s heritage.

“We have worked in partnership with BoConcept to provide an elegant and modern feel to the apartment while still paying tribute to the history of the building.”

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The development however has not been without controversy.

The Evening News revealed in November that flats within the development were sold to overseas investors months ahead of them becoming available to domestic buyers.

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Prospective buyers in Hong Kong were given the opportunity to purchase a “very limited selection” of homes in the new development despite one domestic buyer being told marketing material would not be released until January this year.

CALA Homes, who are leading the development, said the buyers in Hong Kong include investors and those looking for long-term homes in the former school.

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