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February 28 2017

£36m Ellon ‘super school’ beds in
Aberdeenshire Council have unveiled a £36m ‘super-school’ in Ellon; including 25m pool, theatre and cinema-style assembly hall, with pupils having moved in last June.

Designed by Aberdeenshire Council and Keppie Ellon Academy also includes two gymnasiums, four games halls, outdoor sports pitches, five community rooms, a fitness suite and a 240-space canteen with part of the building earmarked for the North-East Scotland College Ellon Learning Centre.

Internally the school is arranged across three levels of accommodation with the ground floor dedicated to sports and the creative sector while the first floor is given over to maths, business studies and science. A top floor plays host to the humanities together with a library with museum-style glass cabinets displaying local artefacts and items of historical interest.

Project manager Mike Porter commented: “One of the main problems with the old school was that it was a split campus, divided 50-50 across a main road. What we have now is a well-lit, open environment which creates a very good space in which to both work and learn. It is pleasing to see the end result of a lot of people's efforts. We had to get it up and running quite quickly but we are under budget, on time and on programme."

Ellon Academy is a direct replacement for the old campus dating back to the early 1900s and 1960's but which was cleaved in two by a main road through the town centre.  Since demolished it lives on in the form of a new artwork on the glass front of the swimming pool designed by artist in residence Mary Bourne.
The former Ellon Academy site has been mooted as a potential location for an Aberdeenshire Council HQ
The former Ellon Academy site has been mooted as a potential location for an Aberdeenshire Council HQ
The new school achieves a BREEAM "Very good" rating
The new school achieves a BREEAM "Very good" rating

3 Comments

lm
#1 Posted by lm on 28 Feb 2017 at 15:06 PM
Super School ?!!! This is a huuuge paper box, there is nothing 'super' about this standard building apart from being massive
Basil Fawlty
#2 Posted by Basil Fawlty on 1 Mar 2017 at 13:48 PM
lm have you actually been into this school. Architecture may well not be cutting edge (budgets hardly allow that) but there are actually a lot of really well thought out features to the building and quality is good.
lm
#3 Posted by lm on 1 Mar 2017 at 16:49 PM
Maybe the school have special features .... which is good ... but nowadays those 'special features' are just standards. For me this building is not special or a super school. For me the building look like it was designed 25 years ago .... Shame, because we are not trying to do better for the kids.

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