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City of Edinburgh Council unveil new wave of primary school extensions

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November 22 2013

City of Edinburgh Council unveil new wave of primary school extensions
City of Edinburgh Council has applied for planning permission to extend five primary schools for the start of the 2014/15 school year to meet growing population demands.

Designed by Scott Brownrigg, with Aecom as project managers, the additional accommodation stretches to 17 new classrooms and five general purpose spaces which have been earmarked for the existing Broughton Primary School, Craigour Park Primary School, Liberton Primary School, St David’s RC Primary School and Victoria Primary School.

Cllr Godzik said: "Primary school rolls in the city are predicted to rise by around 15% by 2019 - bringing our primary school population to over 31,000. That's why the Capital Coalition doubled the funding available to deal with this issue, and has now committed £15m to deal with the issue. 

"Our approach allows us the flexibility to plan much better for the future, and we are working with school communities and parent councils as we move forward. Whether or not it is traditional extensions, new build units or the refurbishment of existing space, we are committed to providing the very best educational environment for our pupils." 

Paula McVay, chair of St David’s RC Primary School Parent Council, added: “When the Council showed us the proposed designs last month I think a lot of the parents were quite surprised at how new and modern the classrooms looked, nothing like wooden cabins some had imagined. Sustainability is also important and the Council said the type of roofing being used would make fitting solar panels easier in the future which could mean the school sustaining its own energy and heating systems.”

Architects have previously expressed criticism at the use of prefabricated, modular systems for relegating good design in favour of budget.

The schools form the second phase of delivery in a programme which has already seen 23 new classrooms built since August.
Craigour Park Primary - all the schools feature grey modular cladding, distinguished only by colour highlights
Craigour Park Primary - all the schools feature grey modular cladding, distinguished only by colour highlights
Liberton Primary is in need of additional classroom space to cope with a mini baby boom
Liberton Primary is in need of additional classroom space to cope with a mini baby boom

Plans for St David's RC (pictured) and Craigour Park include provision of additional space should that become necessary
Plans for St David's RC (pictured) and Craigour Park include provision of additional space should that become necessary
Victoria Primary rounds out the handful of new designs
Victoria Primary rounds out the handful of new designs

2 Comments

Derek McWilliam
#1 Posted by Derek McWilliam on 2 Dec 2013 at 16:30 PM
Images presented are very pleasing! I would be greatly interested to discuss the potential for consideration on projects in our Authority.
Allan S
#2 Posted by Allan S on 6 Dec 2013 at 10:35 AM
Derek, if you are interested to discuss further, please contact me - you should be able to get my contact details from the site administrator?

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