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Harmeny School, nr Edinburgh

Scottish Special Needs School, Midlothian – design by Richard Murphy Architects

Harmeny School Balerno

Location: nr Edinburgh
Design: Richard Murphy Architects


New £3m Residential Special School: semi-circular arcade connects radial children-friendly buildings.

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Harmeny School Balerno
Harmeny School image by + from David Churchill

Harmeny presently provides educational and residential accommodation for up to 30 children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Richard Murphy Architects decided to re-house the children in recognisable “houses” with their own individual external access: a cloister development was designed where the children look out into the woodland.

Contact Harmeny School: 0131 449 3938
Address: Mansfield Road, Balerno, Midlothian, Scotland

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harmeny school
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Harmeny School images provided by Richard Murphy Architects & David Churchill Photography

Harmeny was founded in 1958 and this new-build extension is for 8-12 year old children; the existing house was also refurbished. New classrooms, sports hall and a music block were provided. Typically Richard Murphy in style, with exposed steelwork, layered walls and angled roofs, the overall feel is of a quiet Modernism drawn from influences such as Aalto and Scarpa.

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