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O'Hare & McGovern

Boroughmuir High School

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Project Info

  • Project Category:
    Current Projects
  • Project Name:
    Boroughmuir High School
  • Client:
    The Department of Education
  • Location:
    55-63 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, EH11 1AL, Scotland
  • Architect:
    Allan Murray Architects

Project Overview

As the Main Contractors, O’Hare & McGovern were appointed by the City of Edinburgh Council for the construction of the new Boroughmuir High School. This project is part funded by the Scottish Government through their ‘Scotland’s Schools for the Future’ Programme which is managed by the Scottish Futures Trust.

The state of the art building replaces the current building, providing more sports facilities, featuring the first roof-top pitch in Scotland which helps to make the most of a tight inner-city site.

The new school which was moved from its current site in Viewforth and placed next to the Union Canal at Fountainbridge will accommodate 1,165 pupils.

Other features include a multi-functional atrium and classrooms with quick access to collaborative break-out spaces. The new building will include a public park, which will sit on the banks of the Union Canal.

O’Hare & McGovern is committed to the considerate constructor’s scheme on our Boroughmuir High School project.

We are actively participating in the Considerate Constructors Scheme, a national initiative to improve the image of our construction through better management and presentation of our sites.  We aim to raise project standards to a higher level than that demanded by statutory requirements, and are fully committed to the Considerate Constructors 5 point Code of Practice that includes:

  • Enhancing the Appearance
  • Respecting the Community
  • Protecting the environment
  • Securing everyone’s safety
  • Caring for the workforce


Key Features

  • First roof-top pitch in Scotland
  • One of Scotland’s top state secondary schools
  • Accommodates 1,165 pupils
  • City Centre location
  • Public Park
  • Multi-functional atrium
  • Demolition of 101-year old building
  • Asbestos removal
  • Restricted site
  • New access routes


  • This is a massively prestigious project for us and the fact that it’s in Edinburgh makes it extra special. Cathal O’Hare, Contracts Manager, O’Hare & McGovern
  • Boroughmuir has a first-class academic track record, and the focus is now firmly on delivering a new school that provides an equally impressive learning environment. Education Convener Cllr Paul Godzik
  • I have been lucky enough to get a preview of the building and now have a real feel for what lies in store in 2016. David Dempster, Boroughmuir High School's Head Teacher