James Gillespie's School Campus
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Located in a popular residential area, this campus has long been associated with education. It is a busy site as it is home to both James Gillespie's High School and James Gillespie's Primary School. With the historic Bruntsfield House sitting at its heart, it is a unique and exciting location for learning.
However, we now want to rebuild James Gillespie's High School and to create a fresh, modern and inspiring environment for the school's students, appropriate for today's needs and flexible enough to adapt for future changes. At the same time we propose to extend and improve the Primary School too. We want to provide a new gym hall and new nursery accommodation (and more nursery places) for the school. Two new class spaces would also be created within the building.
The architects and design team are working closely with the schools to make sure that their new buildings meet the needs of the curriculum and also to recreate the strong campus feel that is much valued by them.
The scope of the project
- demolition and replacement of the existing secondary school buildings;
- refurbishment of the category A listed Bruntsfield House and listed boundary wall;
- extension of the existing primary school to incorporate an integrated gym and new classrooms;
- provision of a replacement increased capacity 40:40 place nursery;
- provision of a replacement synthetic pitch at Thirlstane Road; and
- refurbishment works at Darroch to accommodate the necessary decant.
The total capital cost is just over £42.2m - the Council will provide £22.3m while the Scottish Government will provide £19.9m through the Scotland's Schools for the Future initiative.