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Queensferry High School rebuild hits planning

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September 27 2017

Queensferry High School rebuild hits planning
Ryder Architecture with Hub South East have submitted plans for a new build Queensferry High School, Edinburgh, replacing the existing school which is in poor condition and increasing capacity from 1,000 to 1,200 pupils in the process.

This will see the new school built on existing open space and sports grounds within the existing school estate, allowing the current school to be demolished for the reinstatement of these facilities upon completion.

Detailing their approach Ryder observed: “The proposal’s careful use of materials seeks to further break down the perceived mass of the building – focusing on a bottom, middle and top approach. A solid facing brickwork base with a two-storey timber clad treatment above and glazed external treatment to the uppermost storey. This approach allows the mass to be perceived as a three storey element with a lightweight element above, which is stepped back on its north elevations to further assist in improving its perceived mass from the north at ground level.”

RankinFraser will undertake landscape design work for the build with the aim of placing equivalent emphasis on external spaces as internal, emphasizing views to the Forth bridges.
An adjoining sports and community block will be faced in aluminium/composite panels
An adjoining sports and community block will be faced in aluminium/composite panels
The existings chool will remain in use throughout the construction period
The existings chool will remain in use throughout the construction period

8 Comments

Graeme McCormick
#1 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 27 Sep 2017 at 11:39 AM
Just looks like a modern office. Functional maybe but lacking any inspiration for its young occupants.
Redyr
#2 Posted by Redyr on 27 Sep 2017 at 14:03 PM
As refurbs of 1960's buildings go this isn't to bad
lanarklad
#3 Posted by lanarklad on 27 Sep 2017 at 17:52 PM
It's not a refurb.
Redyr
#4 Posted by Redyr on 28 Sep 2017 at 08:29 AM
I know
MV
#5 Posted by MV on 28 Sep 2017 at 17:19 PM
I don't think brown became popular until the 70's.
Bonzo
#6 Posted by Bonzo on 29 Sep 2017 at 13:16 PM
Looks like a bit of a house style from Ryder. Not unlike the brown clad 1970s-esque monstrosity that is emerging at Oban High School. Such a shame given the quality of some recent new schools elsewhere
Trombe Wall
#7 Posted by Trombe Wall on 29 Sep 2017 at 14:23 PM
#6 in regards to the 'house style' of Ryder schools it is worth understanding that generally they are delivering HUB stock designs, on behalf of the local HUB Co. The massing is generally fixed, the rainscreen is faux site specific and at times they are delivering a scheme from a planning approval.
Matt
#8 Posted by Matt on 29 Sep 2017 at 16:42 PM
#7 thats even worse........delivering designs by others which are fundamentally cr4p.

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