Basic Site Details

Name: Ainslie Park High School
Town, district or village: Pilton
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: There is a suggestion that the school building was adapted for possible use as an emergency hospital but as yet no documentary evidence for this has been found.

1967-68 development to cost 400,000. Phase I (probably the Boys' vocational unit) to cost 120,000.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Ainslie Park Secondary School  
Item 2 of 3North Campus of Telford CollegeYes 
Item 3 of 3Pilton School  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1School  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Crewe Road North  
Item 2 of 2347A, Pilton Avenue  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71933c. 1950 Building work delayed by the Second World War.
Item 2 of 71935  James Stewart Johnson recommended as architect by the Corporation
Item 3 of 719381939 Working drawings. Presentation perspective dated 1938
Item 4 of 719461949Plans datedRe-working of pre-war drawings
Item 5 of 71949c. 1950Build/constructionTenders received December 1948
Item 6 of 719591960Alteration/conversionPlans prepared but scope of work is unclear
Item 7 of 71967 AdditionBoys' Vocational Unit. Also overall development. Architect J & F Johnston & Partners


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 13James Stewart JohnstonArchitectA1933  
Item 2 of 13Joseph Marr JohnstonArchitectA19331934Died September 1934
Item 3 of 13William BarclayArchitectA1937 Involved in the design and building from 1937 onwards and after the Second World War. As chief assistant from after 1945..
Item 4 of 13Frank Wood JohnstonArchitectB19471949Became partner in 1947 but may wll have worked on the scheme before this date.
Item 5 of 13J & F JohnstonArchitectural practiceB1947c. 1960Partnership formed in 1947
Item 6 of 13James Stewart JohnstonArchitectB19471949Additions to create further accommodation
Item 7 of 13Thomas Inglis B19591960 
Item 8 of 13Alexander ('Sandy') MacCallum (or McCallum) BrownArchitectC1967 Boys' Vocational Unit
Item 9 of 13Donald Hood CattanachArchitectC1967 Boys' Vocational Unit and overall development. Direct responsibility and management control for this project.
Item 10 of 13Frank Wood JohnstonArchitectC1967 Boys' Vocational Unit
Item 11 of 13J & F Johnston & Partners C1967 Boys Vocational Unit
Item 12 of 13James Stewart JohnstonArchitectC1967 Boys' Vocational Unit
Item 13 of 13Thomas Inglis C1967 Boys' Vocational Unit


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Education Committee 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Bailey, Rebecca M1996Scottish architects' papers: a source book Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp127

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architectural Heritage2003XIV p129 (illustration)
Item 2 of 3Builder1 November 1935CXLIX  
Item 3 of 3Builder31 December 1948  p781 - tenders

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild Plans 1939
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register45799 
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSJ & F Johnston Collection 3 rolls drawings (145 drawings in all). Also perspective
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Stewart Johnston: F no2400 (box 6). Donald Hood Cattanach F no6150 (Combined Box 122)
Item 5 of 5Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmoreID 76531