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November 11 2014

Baby boom fuels Edinburgh schools expansion
A planning application has been submitted by Scott Brownrigg for the erection of a two storey classroom extension within the grounds of James Gillespie’s Primary, part of a wider investment by Edinburgh City Council to meet the needs of a projected rise in the school age population through to 2019.

Located in the Marchmont area of the city the white render and zinc build is designed to be permanent whilst taking advantage of efficiencies gained through use of standardised components and ‘Optimum Schools’ principles.

These embrace a passive approach to environmental conditions, durable materials and flexibility of use.

In their design statement Scott Brownrigg said: “By adopting a simple, singular form which in its materiality makes reference to the existing context, the proposal maintains a clear relationship with the site and its surroundings whilst still retaining an individual character.

“What would ordinarily be a standard circulation space at first floor level has been enlarged for use as a shared ‘hub’ space adjacent to the classrooms - this can be used for informal teaching/ break-out space and allow congestion free movement around the building at peak times.”

Similar extensions at Ratho, Flora Stevenson, Pentland, East Craigs, Gilmerton and Clermiston Primary Schools have also been submitted.
A planned two-storey extension of Ratho Primary
A planned two-storey extension of Ratho Primary
East Craigs will benefit from three new classrooms
East Craigs will benefit from three new classrooms

Gilmerton Primary will also cater for an expanding roll
Gilmerton Primary will also cater for an expanding roll
Grey fibre cement wall cladding and coloured panels will be used at Clermiston
Grey fibre cement wall cladding and coloured panels will be used at Clermiston

Limited playground space necessitates the use of a rooftop play area
Limited playground space necessitates the use of a rooftop play area
Plans for a three classroom extension of Pentland Primary have also been submitted
Plans for a three classroom extension of Pentland Primary have also been submitted

The school specified that the ground floor be as open and flexible as possible to meet future needs
The school specified that the ground floor be as open and flexible as possible to meet future needs

1 Comment

Mary Hill
#1 Posted by Mary Hill on 11 Nov 2014 at 14:33 PM
Good to see that a lot of thought has gone in to the design of the playgrounds - they look like stimulating environments for children to be in. Victorian schooling is alive and well!

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