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Castlebrae Business Centre (Former Niddrie Marischal School), Harewood Road, with Lodge

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9349 / 55°56'5"N

Longitude: -3.1376 / 3°8'15"W

OS Eastings: 329028

OS Northings: 671897

OS Grid: NT290718

Mapcode National: GBR 2B.Z31N

Mapcode Global: WH6ST.S332

Plus Code: 9C7RWVM6+XX

Entry Name: Castlebrae Business Centre (Former Niddrie Marischal School), Harewood Road, with Lodge

Listing Date: 8 September 2003

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396987

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49459

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Portobello/Craigmillar

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Reid and Forbes 1935. Large International Modern former Junior Secondary School with Art Deco detailing. 2-storey flat-roofed classroom blocks in quadrangular plan, with single storey gymnasium to centre. Tower with Art Deco detailing (and school bell still in place to S) above main entrance to N; stair tower and 3-storey section vertical slit windows. Corniced canopies to doors; base course and cill courses. Harled reinforced concrete.

LODGE: (former Dining Hall) 2 storeys with circular tower to NW.

Statement of Interest

Reid and Forbes won the contract to design the new school in an open competition. The design shows the influence of the German open-air school movement, emphasising the importance of daylight and fresh air. The blocks are single-classroom in depth, with good light and cross-ventilation. The angled wings of the N block were part of the 1937 additions.

Niddrie Marischal was a Junior Secondary school, providing a practical education (metal- and wood-work, motor mechanisc and electrical science for boys, laundry, cookery and sewing for girls) for statutory school leavers. Specialist classrooms for these subjects were provided. The design of the school is somewhat reminiscent of comtemporary factory design.

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