Boroughmuir High School
Allan Murray Architects is delighted to have been the architects for the new Boroughmuir High School in Edinburgh.
The site is in the heart of the Fountainbridge area, Edinburgh’s Western city centre. It is bounded by the Union Canal to the South, Fountainbridge and Dundee Street, to the North, Gibson Terrace to the West and the Freer Street site to the East. The site has a long history of industry, brewing and manufacturing, which has now moved to new premises and left the site vacant.
The teaching areas are arranged around a multi-functional "heart", a top-lit atrium space that connects the faculties together, with traditional classrooms offering easy access to break out areas and enhanced facilities for physical activity and external learning, including a roof-top multi-use games area.
There is also a new public park connecting the school entrance to the city, along the canal's north bank, next to the new school building.
The new building can support up to 1,165 pupils, and replaces the school's current building which sits less than 500 metres away in Viewforth.