Old Royal High School Update

POSTED ON October 7, 2021

The Cockburn welcomes the news that the Old Royal High School will be leased to the Royal High School Preservation Trust to become a music school

The Cockburn Association welcomes the decision by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Finance & Resources Committee today to name the Royal High School Preservation Trust (RHSPT) as the preferred bidder for the iconic A-listed Thomas Hamilton building, acknowledged as a world’s finest neo-Greek Revival building.

Since 1904, the Cockburn has argued against unsuitable new uses so are pleased that the proposals retain the use for which the building was built, namely a school. The Cockburn led a coalition of objectors at the public inquiry into the proposed hotel use, working with the New Town & Broughton Community Council and Edinburgh World Heritage to argue against the proposals, twice refused consent by the City Council.

We supported the planning application by Richard Murphy Architects in 2016 and believe that this proposal offers the most appropriate civic use. Further consents will be required, and we look forward to discussions in the future with the RHSPT.


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