Sarah Halford

Architecture and Ceramics

Regent Road School, Techbase

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI pass this building every day, and today it was looking particularly appealing in the setting sun. The former school occupies a prominent corner site which terminates the view up Easter Road, and stands at the corner of London Road Gardens.The slope of the site means it sits back from the road quite a way to the north, making it quite imposing.

I’m working on a large masterplan which will be taking a lot of inspiration from Scottish vernacular styles, and it struck me that this building has some really lovely detailing that I might learn from.

The unusual curled crowstep gable is lovely.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThere are typical details, such as the letter box formed into the wall – I wish this happened more often in new buildings, it looks so neat and tidy


The shaped quoins are just another touch of craftsmanship that set this building apart


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe building is B listed, and has been called ‘Techbase’ and houses various technology related businesses. In 2014 some of the building was rented by Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts, who are starting craft evening and weekend classes in all sorts, which is a great idea for this location. It’s good to see buildings such as this in use and thriving, hopefully it means it will be maintained and cared for over the coming years.

The architect John Chesser was responsible for all the land owned by George Heriot School Trust, and this school took details from George Heriot’s.


In contrast, the Old Royal High School around the corner has been shut up since the mid-90s at least, and may potentially be turned into an art hotel.


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