Basic Site Details

Name: Firrhill Secondary School
Town, district or village: Firrhill
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Firhill Secondary School  
Item 2 of 2Firrhill High School  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 7July 1956 Project commissionedMatthew received the brief from Steele for a 1,050-pupil complex with 'house'-blocks and central accommodation, on a steep south-facing site [Glendinning, 2008].
Item 2 of 7October 1956February 1957Plans drawn upSketch plans prepared by Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners [Glendinning, 2008].
Item 3 of 719571959Build/construction 
Item 4 of 727 September 1957 Tenders invited'tenders invited for work on first stage of Firrhill sec. sch. Est. cost ₤320,000. ...Applications to City A., City Chambers, High-st., Edinburgh 1, by October 2.' per Builder p564
Item 5 of 715 August 1958 Scheme accepted'Dean of Guild Court approval given for school at Firrhill. Est. cost 300,000.' per Builder p290
Item 6 of 7January 1960 Opened 
Item 7 of 719681970Addition 


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 8Peter Arthur NewnhamArchitectA1956  
Item 2 of 8Robert Hogg MatthewArchitectA1956  
Item 3 of 8Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall (RMJM)Architectural practiceA1956  
Item 4 of 8Stirrat Andrew William Johnson-MarshallArchitectA1956  
Item 5 of 8Gaston GottierArchitectA1957  
Item 6 of 8Thomas ('Tom') Riddell SpavenArchitectA1957  
Item 7 of 8Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners (RMJM)Architectural practiceB19681970Extension
Item 8 of 8Vernon Harry LeeArchitectB19681970Extension - partner in charge


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp75
Item 2 of 4Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p582
Item 3 of 4Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp235-6
Item 4 of 4RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder27 September 1957  p564
Item 2 of 2Builder15 August 1958  p290