Fettes College School

Page \ Park Architects, Edinburgh, 2008


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North elevation 

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  • North elevation    
  • Main entrance    
  • Main entrance    
  • The building is angled towards a new pedestrian entrance on East Fettes Avenue    
  • The domestic feel of the setting and scale are appropriate for children    
  • Fettes at dusk    
  • View towards reception    
  • Although bright and airy, the display corridor resembles an upmarket office space    
  • The horizontally expressive timber-frame structure built for £1.75 million    
  • One of the five new classrooms    
  • Children in their break time    
  • The architect was given time to work with the teachers and pupils to develop the design    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Detail through art display corridor    

Single-storey, timber framed preparatory school for 157 children in the grounds of Fettes College, an independent boarding and day school in Edinburgh

The building is angled towards a new pedestrian entrance on East Fettes Avenue, sits low to the ground and has a subtle, domestic feel of a setting and scale appropriate for children. The plan is oriented along an east-west axis to make best use of sunlight from the south to the main circulation space.

Viewed in plan, five classrooms, a library, a double-sized art room and new changing rooms step back in a controlled, saw-tooth pattern from the art display corridor, which constitutes the main circulation space and which is day-lit from above. This controlled effect creates small vestibule entrances to each classroom.

A monopitched roof, clad in zinc, covers the structure in a single plane. ‘Wind-catchers’ provide ventilation to the classrooms. The roof also covers external deck spaces adjacent to each classroom, which face on to the all-weather playing field. It’s a nice touch. The roof opens up to the south to bring sunlight into the circulation space, giving a certain presence and sense of scale to the ‘public’ part of the building, while it dips at the north, lending a more intimate scale to the classrooms.


  • Begun: Oct 2007
  • Completed: Oct 2008
  • Floor area: 1,135m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £1.8M
  • Tender date: Jun 2007
  • Procurement: Traditional SBCC
  • Address: 2 Carrington Road, Edinburgh, EH4 1QX, United Kingdom

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