Former Royal High School back on the market

THE former Royal High School in Edinburgh has been put back on the open market.

Say owners, the local authority, here in an announcement, the Thomas Hamilton-designed iconic building is back on the market for “interested parties to submit development proposals in return for a long lease”.

Adds the announcement: “The council’s finance and resources committee agreed in January in a private session that the historic and iconic building on Calton Hill would be remarketed, signifying the start of a new chapter for the site which lies at the heart of Edinburgh’s original World Heritage Site.

“Any proposals need to ensure a sustainable long-term future for the Royal High School, be of the highest architectural quality and take into account the conclusions drawn by the Scottish Ministers following [a] public inquiry.”

The decision to find a buyer follows rejection of a luxury hotel plan, which proved controversial. There was also keen interest from the local, St Mary’s Music School.

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