Royal High School, Edinburgh, 2017

Royal High school



My submission with respect to the earlier proposal read as follows:


“I should stress that I have no objection to modern architecture linked to historical buildings. Rather the reverse. However the issue here is quite different. The Royal High School holds a leadership position in the European Greek Revival of the early nineteenth century. As such it, and the way it relates to Calton Hill, is of world architectural importance. The basic point is that if any building through its architectural quality and careful siting within the city defines Edinburgh as ‘the Athens of the North’ it is the Royal High School. The proposed development destroys that site. In doing so it strikes at the heart of Edinburgh’s reputation as a city of architectural heritage.”


The points I made then still stand in their entirety with respect to the new proposal.