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Masonry ‘ribbons’ define geology-inspired Jedburgh school

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October 5 2017

Masonry ‘ribbons’ define geology-inspired Jedburgh school
Stallan-Brand Architects have prepared detailed plans for a new intergenerational school’s campus in Jedburgh following the approval of funding for the build.

Working alongside Borders Council, Hub South East, BAM and TGP, the team are set to deliver a 434 -space primary, 550 pupil secondary and a nursery to replace outdated existing facilities in the town.

To be built on an area of open landscape immediately outside the town centre the campus seeks to serve as an ‘extension of the High Street’ with the main entrance situated at the closest point to the existing centre – some 10 min walk away.

Juggling the needs of pupils and the wider community the design puts an emphasis on permeability, providing an open campus environment which knits into the urban fabric with an architectural response that draws upon geological formations.

In a planning design statement the practice wrote: “The strong banding makes reference to the horizontal layering of Jedburgh Abbey, and the roof-forms create a distant character to the building which reacts the vernacular of the Jedburgh townscape of roofs and spires.

“The intention is to integrate planting on, and around, the wall forms to reinforce the concept of the landform drawn from the hillside.”

A materials palette of copper rooflights,  linear masonry ‘ribbons’ and curtain wall glazing has been selected to work with the site topography and lend the appearance of the building stepping up the hill.
Stallan-Brand describe the campus as a 'completely different type of education regeneration' by addressing issues such as health, tourism and collaboration space for local businesses
Stallan-Brand describe the campus as a 'completely different type of education regeneration' by addressing issues such as health, tourism and collaboration space for local businesses
The team have broken away from standard models of school delivery to come up with something radically different
The team have broken away from standard models of school delivery to come up with something radically different

5 Comments

Islands of sanity
#1 Posted by Islands of sanity on 5 Oct 2017 at 11:41 AM
When I read the title, I thought the geological reference was to Hutton’s unconformity on the nearby Jed Water. Lovely sculpture in car park near Abbey. Now that would have been a real challenge!
MV
#2 Posted by MV on 5 Oct 2017 at 16:43 PM
This looks promising, are there any more CGI’s or a plan even?

Compare this to the brown, 70’s style, “stock” hub design by Ryder at Queensferry and you have to question wether any Hub vehicle can actually deliver a building like this. Especially given all the floating brick. I shall keep my fingers crossed that they can.

Still brown right enough...
MV
#3 Posted by MV on 6 Oct 2017 at 09:01 AM
Sense of scale recalibrated. Massive (!) floating bricks...
Big Bob
#4 Posted by Big Bob on 6 Oct 2017 at 09:16 AM
Stallan Brand love a cantilever ....!!
Hugh Miller
#5 Posted by Hugh Miller on 6 Oct 2017 at 13:12 PM
While the coloured perspective drawing is a model of clarity and legibility (almost a breath of fresh air)-

''In a planning design statement the practice wrote: “The strong banding makes reference to the horizontal layering of Jedburgh Abbey, and the roof-forms create a distant character to the building which reacts the vernacular of the Jedburgh townscape of roofs and spires.'' WFT?

And there was me thinking this owes more to RMJMs Commonwealth Pool than anything else...

I must work harder. Clearly, I'm just not getting it.

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