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Biggar Primary School opens for business

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December 4 2014

Biggar Primary School opens for business
The conservation village of Biggar is adjusting to the newest addition to its built fabric after South Lanarkshire Council unwrapped the new Lamington Primary.

Built as a replacement to the 150 year old existing school, which had become unfit for purpose, the £1.3m build nevertheless made use of like-for-like Welsh slates to tie in with the character of the village.

Built by McLaughlin & Taylor the steel and timber frame structure provides two classrooms and a gym/dining hall together with supporting services and staff accommodation.

Architect Jonathan Wilson, of South Lanarkshire Council's housing and technical resources department, commented: "The fact that the school is in a Conservation Area required that we use scale, features and materials similar to the surroundings.” 
 
The council’s design statement added: “The proposal aims to use a number of traditional materials like slate, stone and smooth render in a contemporary manner which draws its language from the traditional and local; vernacular but avoids being a slave to it."
The existing school was demolished and 355sq/m of neighbouring agricultural land acquired to make way for the development
The existing school was demolished and 355sq/m of neighbouring agricultural land acquired to make way for the development

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