Canal-side park part of £35m school plan

A public canal-side park is to form the crux of a £35m project for a school in Edinburgh.

Funding for Boroughmuir high school, 500m from the existing college, was approved by City of Edinburgh Council. Cash is also coming from Scotland's schools for the future scheme.

A spokesman said: "We want to ensure we strike the right balance between the school’s open space and public enjoyment of the park and canal side.

"Landscape designers will develop the detail of our aspirations and plans to meet public access and school security requirements.

"An attractive park will be created along the canal’s northern bank. We see this as a popular, vibrant public space next to the waterway and towpath. It is critical there is easy direct public access.

"The school will also have its own discrete open space next to the building along with more private areas dedicated for external learning.

"To increase external space for students the design incorporates a terrace at a higher level, which will open directly from the central atrium dining space."

The park, which is to be delivered as a condition of a neighbouring student housing development, is 0.3ha in size. The new linear park along the canal side will also be 0.3ha.

"We are looking at how the community could also use the school's open space out of school hours, which will bring additional benefit locally," he said.

Work is expected to start on the new school in autumn 2014 with completion scheduled for summer 2016 subject to planning consent. A planning application is due to be submitted shortly.

Allan Murray Architects is including in the school design enhanced facilities for physical activity and external learning, including a rooftop multi-use external games area.

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