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Demolition marks the start of £34m school construction

Demolition work has begun at James Gillespie's High School building in Marchmont, Edinburgh, marking the start of a £34million regeneration project.

Upon completion of the project, which is expected by summer 2016, the High School will have space for 1,150 pupils and 104 members of staff.

Part funded by the Scottish Government's Schools for the Future programme, the demolition will make way for the construction of a new high school building, including a new teaching block and sports facilities. The demolition site will also play host to a new nursery and gym for James Gillespie's Primary School on the same site.

The Grade A-listed Bruntsfield House on the current campus will also undergo a major refurbishment during the project.

Gemma Gordon, schools programme director with Scottish Futures Trust, said: "SFT's work in managing the Scotland's Schools for the Future programme has meant an additional 12 schools will be built from within the existing £1.25 billion budget."

She continued: “Reaching financial close means construction is under way now rather than waiting many years for capital funding to become available.”

Late novelist Muriel Spark, best known for her novel the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, attended James Gillespie's High School, which was originally an all-girl's school.

Published December 11, 2013 | Back to demolition news | Subscribe to our rss feed | Bookmark and Share