A total of 56 Keylite Conservation Roof Windows have been installed as part of the careful renovation of Edinburgh’s B-listed Boroughmuir High School into 87 luxury apartments by CALA Homes (East).
Boroughmuir, nestled in Bruntsfield in the south of Edinburgh, is regarded as one of the Scottish capital’s most prized Grade B listed buildings, constructed pre-WWI between 1911 and 1914 by renowned architect, John Alexander Carfrae.
The sensitive refurbishment by CALA Homes (East) looks to largely reuse the building layouts and refurbish existing key elements such as windows, stairs, vaulted roofs and original beams. This is exemplified by the preservation and refurbishment of 430 sash and case windows, which provide each home with and abundance of natural light and views across the city.
56 Keylite Conservation Roof Windows with a white painted internal finish, electric blinds and solar opening were specified for the luxury renovation.
Keylite Conservation Roof Windows are ideal for use in a period style property, replicating the look of a traditional skylight. The black central glazing bar and low profile external flashing maintain the traditional character of the building, whilst accommodating the flow of natural light to the interior below.
Craig Donaldson, Project Manager at CALA Homes (East) said: “The complex restoration of Edinburgh’s B-listed Boroughmuir High School into 87 private apartments is a project that has required genuine attention to detail in retaining the former school’s original character.
“A pioneer in its own right, the building was one of the first in Edinburgh to utilise steel frame architecture to create large open classrooms – some of which is expressed with the newly refurbished apartments on sale today.
“We are extremely conscious of the history of the building and the need for careful product specification was crucial. Keylite Conservation Roof Windows were an ideal fit for this project because of their complementary aesthetics and enhanced thermal performance.”
John Logue, Keylite Sales and Specification Manager (Scotland & Cumbria) added: “We are super excited to be working alongside CALA on this prestigious project. Our Conservation Roof Windows benefit from enhanced thermal performance due to the fact they have an expanding thermal collar, warm edge glazing and streamlined fit integrated as standard.
“At Keylite we are passionate about making all buildings more thermally efficient with lower energy consumption and we are looking forward to seeing the finished development.”
Boroughmuir is the largest and most complex refurbishment the CALA Homes (East) business has tackled to date. Each of the apartments comes with lift access, allocated parking with access to electric vehicle charging points and access to a relaxing private residents’ courtyard. The development is due to be completed summer 2022.