Niddrie Mill and St Francis Primary Schools

Elder and Cannon Architects, Edinburgh, 2008


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The joint campus for Niddrie Mill and St Francis' Primary Schools 

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  • The joint campus for Niddrie Mill and St Francis    
  • The understated entrance opens onto a small forecourt, which addresses the neighbourhood directly     
  • The forecourt and school entrance is used by both sets of primary school pupils    
  • A porte cochére shelters the nursery entrance    
  • A robust red brick is used throughout the building    
  • In parts, the school has an almost domestic scale and aesthetic    
  • A shared foyer links the two schools    
  • The first floor library overlooks the courtyard    
  • Sliding doors open classrooms out onto breakout spaces    
  • The dining hall is another space used by both schools    
  • The two school wings converge on the central courtyard    
  • The rooftop terrace overlooks the central courtyard    
  • The building sits at the axis of Craigmillar    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Cross section    
  • Long section    

A joint campus for two primary schools with additional gym, dining, library and play spaces

The aim of the project was to create a joint campus for Niddrie Mill and St Francis' Primary Schools, placing this new development at the head of an axis of a masterplan and at the community's heart.

The joint campus is to accommodate a Catholic and Protestant school, with a shared foyer linking the two schools in diverging wings. The wings are united by a drum of internal and external space and allow maximum playground and sport space to the west.


  • Begun: Jan 2007
  • Completed: 2008
  • Floor area: 6,650m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £13M
  • Tender date: Sep 2006
  • Procurement: Design and build
  • Address: Craigmillar, Edinburgh, EH16, United Kingdom

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