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Latitude: 55.9351 / 55°56'6"N
Longitude: -3.1387 / 3°8'19"W
OS Eastings: 328958
OS Northings: 671919
OS Grid: NT289719
Mapcode National: GBR 2B.Z2SM
Mapcode Global: WH6ST.R2KY
Entry Name: Castlebrae Business Centre (Former Niddrie Marischal School), Harewood Road, with Lodge
Listing Date: 8 September 2003
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396988
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49459
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Portobello/Craigmillar
Traditional County: Midlothian
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.
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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