Berwickshire High School

Client: Scottish Borders Council

The former Berwickshire High School is one of several mid-century schools designed by J & F Johnson and, when the study was carried out, was an almost wholly intact example of a purpose-built 1950s school on an unconstrained green-field site incorporating the latest thinking about educational needs and delivery. Designed in Modern Movement style that expresses the spirit of its time, it was an increasingly rare example in Scotland of a mid 20th century Modern Movement approach to school design. 

LDN Architects carried out an analysis of the school’s developmental history and prepared a gazetteer for each component of the school describing its use, history, significance and condition. A Statement of Significance and Conservation Policies were also prepared to demonstrate how it could be repaired and developed.

Scottish Borders Council decided however to build a new high school on an adjacent site and the building lay empty for many years. A few years later LDN were commissioned again to prepare a Heritage Impact Assessment to help Scottish Borders Council and Historic Scotland agree how the original school could best be developed for other community uses.

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