Leith Gazetteer July 2011

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Leith Gazetteer July 2011

2520 The LaboratoryThis is quite a substantial building in timber on a solidfloor and there are four light casement windows downeither side of the building and across the south end.These have inner and outer casements. Internallythe walls are lined out with painted hardboard. Thespace is still fitted out with laboratory benches andfume cupboard. There is a main laboratory togetherwith some smaller rooms, including a store and a darkroom. There is a substantial steel beam running north/south along the centre of the building with two steelcolumns in the laboratory area. The ceiling is hardboardon building paper on timber boards.There is no obvious access to any roof void from theinterior but a door in the south gable gives access toa roof void where substantial king post timber trussesare visible with purlins between the trusses supportingthe corrugated iron. The corrugated iron to the walls isgenerally in fair order but a good deal of the sheetingis missing to the roof, particularly on the east side. Thesheeting on the west side is generally all present butit is considerably disturbed at the north end and onesheet is lifting and cracking at the south end. At thenorth end of the building is a lean-to. On the east sidethis contains switchgear and on the west side it hasbeen a store room, although the roof of this and thenorth wall have now completely collapsed.20.1 The west elevation20.2 The electrical switch room20.3 The south elevation20.4 The east elevation with the northern lean-to from the switch room 20.5 The interior of the Main Laboratory

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