June 2018 Trustees collaborate with Benjamin Tindall Architects to work on the Growing Spaces Project, a long-term campus development strategy to create additional inspirational learning spaces, bring the School’s Listed villas up-to-date, and enhance our campus’s energy-efficiency and sustainability, which sits within three acres of a conservation area of Edinburgh.
August 2018 – Classroom and metalwork studio at East Coach House are dismantled and relocated to two converted shipping containers erected beside Craigneen villa.
November 2018 – Planning Permission is granted for phases of the long-term campus development strategy:
- restoring our listed 150-years-old Coach Houses, and creating outdoor learning areas.
- building a new Science lab and storage
- extending our Kindergarten buildings
December 2018 – Building Warrant approval received for architect drawings converting dilapidated C-Listed East Coach House into curriculum space. Historic Scotland note: “The survival of the stable block contributes to a large extent to the listed building status”.
January 2019 – Phase 1 breaks ground, converting the dilapidated east coach house and stables into two full sized classrooms, and a pair of studios for Creative Arts, with inside/outside curriculum space.
June 2019 – East Coach House is completed. The building, a living example of community construction – with pupil, parent and teacher involvement, working alongside contractors Hutton & Read, is a candidate for two architectural awards: A J Architecture Awards in the Schools category and Architecture MasterPrize in the Educational Building category.
July 2019 – Trustees announce Growing Spaces will move forward to Phase Two, altering the School’s sister west coach house from the Chemistry lab into the twelfth full-sized classroom and additional smaller teaching space and bathrooms. The 150-year-old building is rapidly falling into disrepair; and now requires urgent conservation. Building Warrant approval is underway for the B-listed outbuilding.
August 2019 – East Coach House is in the press: ‘The former school of Scots Outlander star Sam Heughan is starting the academic year with two new large classrooms and a pair of studios for creative arts‘ published in Scottish Field, 13th August 2019.
September 2019 – The newly converted east coach house features in this year’s Doors Open architectural event on Saturday 28th, in association with Benjamin Tindall Architects. It is the 30th anniversary of this initiative, encouraging people to discover some of Edinburgh’s most unique and interesting buildings which are normally closed to the public. 2019s theme: Global Connections.
April 2020 – Growing Spaces endeavours to break ground with Phase 2 in Easter 2020. Fundraising efforts are underway to raise £0.5million to repair the west coach house which is currently the chemistry lab (£200,000 fundraising target); and then to extend our biology and physics building with a purpose built lab to bring the sciences under one roof.
The west coach house will eventually be converted into the final full-sized classroom, a smaller educational space and WCs needed for a growing school.
Parents, teachers, alumni and friends of the School are helping in this effort greatly, enriching the ongoing community construction of this project by pledging to give monthly, offering large sum one-off donations through our Wonderful.org giving page ‘Growin8paces‘, and volunteering at our Christmas Market – where 40% of the proceeds of this annual event will – from 2019 onwards – go directly to Growing Spaces. Grant applications to philanthropic foundations are being submitted by the Development Team.