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Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

Stewart's Melville College

The competition-winning design for work at Stewart's Melville College in Edinburgh proposed major alterations to the assembly hall within the A-listed 19th century Old College building to provide a multi-purpose assembly space for the school.

Originally an open courtyard for children's play, the assembly hall had been subjected to many former alterations. The courtyard was roofed over in 1906 to form a gymnasium which was subsequently divided with glazed partitions to provide a dining hall.

As part of the alterations the floor of the hall was lowered by two metres to improve the proportions, sightlines and acoustics in what was previously a long, narrow and low space. The new volume is capable of being configured in a number of ways using power-operated retractable seating, demountable staging and acoustic partitioning to suit varying performance modes. New sound, lighting and ventilation systems have also been installed.  

Project name: Stewart's Melville College
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