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Kirkmichael Primary recognised for education design

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November 17 2014

Kirkmichael Primary recognised for education design
Kirkmichael Primary School, South Ayrshire, has won an education design award by the Glasgow Institute of Architects in recognition of its contemporary interpretation of the village’s rural character.

Acting as a visual focal point the £2.3m school is conceived as a series of linked farm steadings incorporating teaching and break out areas as well as a nursery and gymnasium.

In their design statement Holmes Miller said: “The design utilises steep symmetrically pitched roof shapes together with a simple long narrow plan form, typical of most rural locations, and flat, minimally articulated facades with a greater mass of wall to window to considerately integrate the school into its rural setting and landscape. 

“External finishes of render, timber, stone and slate create a modern contemporary style and provide a robust and low maintenance finish replicating the traditional vernacular style.”

Kirkmichael Primary accommodates up to 75 pupils and replaces a 1970s facility.

Photography by Andrew Lee
facilities such as this gymnasium are offered to pupils
facilities such as this gymnasium are offered to pupils
Ground floor plan for the new school
Ground floor plan for the new school

Inspiration was taken from the white harled buildings and gables common to Ayrshire
Inspiration was taken from the white harled buildings and gables common to Ayrshire
Kirkmichael promotes collaboration between education, health & social work agencies and professionals
Kirkmichael promotes collaboration between education, health & social work agencies and professionals

Public and private halves of the school are clearly segregated
Public and private halves of the school are clearly segregated
The conservation village sits close to Galloway forest park
The conservation village sits close to Galloway forest park

The school is a direct follow-up to Heathfield Primary
The school is a direct follow-up to Heathfield Primary
The school is conceived as a series of connected farmsteadings
The school is conceived as a series of connected farmsteadings

8 Comments

james
#1 Posted by james on 17 Nov 2014 at 16:06 PM
Wow! Wonderful! I just love this naturalistic/flowing/pluralistic wonderfully- scaled approach for the little people. Love it, love it, love it. There. That wasn't too over-stated was it? Whoever the architect was - I am in awe.
David
#2 Posted by David on 17 Nov 2014 at 16:19 PM
What a magic little scheme. Finally a school interior that lives up to the high expectations of the exterior.

Rich but not overworked, and full of character / individuality. Well done Holmes Miller.
Ian Nairn Jr
#3 Posted by Ian Nairn Jr on 17 Nov 2014 at 18:38 PM
If anyone from Holmes Miller is reading this - how did you fix those copes to the top of the gabions?
I heart Gourock
#4 Posted by I heart Gourock on 18 Nov 2014 at 15:38 PM
This is a great scheme.
Best on Urban Realm for a while.
Robin
#5 Posted by Robin on 18 Nov 2014 at 17:58 PM
My god - is everybody feeling OK?
Unusually positive comments for UR readers, though justly deserved. Just as well there are no renders for people to slag off.
Nice one Holmes Miller - crackin' wee project.
neil
#6 Posted by neil on 19 Nov 2014 at 13:47 PM
I don't even see any concrete modernism - Big Chantelle will be pleased.

I can almost imaging enjoying PE in that hall.
Sven
#7 Posted by Sven on 20 Nov 2014 at 09:24 AM
What a great building and design. It looks a masterpiece, esp the gym.

@Ian Nairn Jr, you use cement mix to fix the copes to the top of the gabions. You can see the layer in pic 1.
Walt Disney
#8 Posted by Walt Disney on 20 Nov 2014 at 11:56 AM
Really nice wee building. Its actually made my morning. Well done!

The skelps on the corners of the precast are a bit unfortunate though. Brickies, hang your heads in shame.

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