Green light for independent school early years expansion

  • 1st May 2024

An artist’s impression of the new building. Image, Edinburgh Steiner School

Planning permission has been granted for a new sustainable building on the Edinburgh Steiner School site.

The independent school has been given the thumbs up to construct the new building in its grounds in Spylaw Road as part of its early years expansion plans.

The new single-storey, timber-clad structure will be sited along the east boundary wall and will house two classrooms, a cloakroom, and toilet facilities for younger pupils.

Council planners said the proposals will ‘preserve the character and setting of the listed building’ and are acceptable.

And they ruled that the new building must be erected within three years, with the school currently fundraising to pay for the works.

Alistair Pugh, a management team member at Edinburgh Steiner School, said: “This is part of a wider project called ‘Growing Spaces’, where we have been expanding our facilities over the years.

“We have already converted a 19th-century C-listed Coach House and adjoined second coach house into 21st-century classrooms and creative arts spaces.

“As we are expanding our early years services we are finding we need more space and some of our younger children are currently in a space not designed for younger ones.

“So, this new building will be a space purpose built with younger children in mind – a much-brighter and greener building.”

The school currently offer spaces for up to 80 children a day from age two.

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