Basic Site Details

Name: Dalmeny Street Drill Hall
Town, district or village: Leith
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Hall 160 feet by 84 feet. In 1915 214 soldiers from the 7th batallion were killed in the Gretna Green Train disaster. The Drill Hall acted as a temporary mortuary.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Drill Hall for the 5th (or 7th?) Volunteer Battalion Royal Scots  
Item 2 of 3Out of the Blue, The Drill HallYes 
Item 3 of 3Territorial Army Drill Hall  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 230-38, Dalmeny StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Iona Street Lane Rear entrance


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41900   
Item 2 of 41901 Completion 
Item 3 of 42003  Purchase of building by Out of the Blue Arts & Education Trust.
Item 4 of 420042009ReconstructionReconstruction as Out of the Blue Arts Centre.


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 7(Sir) Robert Rowand Anderson A1900  
Item 2 of 7Alexander Hunter Crawford A1900  
Item 3 of 7Anderson Simon & Crawford A1900  
Item 4 of 7Frank Lewis Worthington Simon A1900 Specifically named as architect in Builder reference.
Item 5 of 7Malcolm Fraser B2004 Phase 1 of reconstruction as Out of the Blue Arts Centre
Item 6 of 7Moray Royles C2004 Phases 2 & 3 of reconstruction as Out of the Blue Arts Centre
Item 7 of 7Richard Shorter D20072008Historic Fabric repair


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 25th or 7th Battalion Royal ScotsGiven as 5th Batallion in Builder. Originally built for 5th but changed to 7th Battalion by 1915.
Item 2 of 2Out of the Blue Arts & Education Trust 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder13 April 1901  p364

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh University LibraryAnderson Collection (Plans and drawings)  
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register26729 
Item 3 of 4Information courtesy of Harald Tobermann, Out of the BlueInformation via website Sent January 2009
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Frank Worthington Simon: F v14 p46 no877 (microfilm reel 11)