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February 22 2018

Campbeltown Grammar gives pupils a geology lesson
Pupils have begun lessons at the new Campbeltown Grammar following handover of the £26m school by Morrison Construction and Hub North.

With capacity for up to 500 pupils the school boasts its own 3G sports pitch and music pavilion.

Designed by Ryder the three-storey ‘superblock’s sits on a base of concrete blockwork with earthen metallic cladding above intended to help the structure blend into its landscape setting.

Explaining the design process Ryder wrote: “The form of the building responds to the geology and topography of the site. As befits a civic building characteristic features of the local landscape are abstracted and evoked.

“The plinth, articulated as a heavy carved piece, refers to the presence of an outcrop of bedrock beneath the building.

“The horizontality of the base course is counterpointed by closely spaced vertical metal profiles, which give the building a textural quality and creates a visual rhythm of pleated texture which will change dramatically according to viewpoint or direction of the sun.”

Plans are now in train to demolish the old 1960s school buildings to provide an enlarged car park.
A full height atrium doubles as a central meeting point
A full height atrium doubles as a central meeting point

10 Comments

Jesus (wept)
#1 Posted by Jesus (wept) on 22 Feb 2018 at 14:16 PM
Any better photos UR?
From this the scheme looks horrific. Not getting that whole 'heavy carved piece' nonsense...A massive boxy lump of cladding can never be described as responding to geology...
Eh naw
#2 Posted by Eh naw on 22 Feb 2018 at 15:27 PM
#1 As Rem Koolbag says....have you seen this?...
http://www.urbanrealm.com/news/7217/Queensferry_High_School_receives_planning_consent_.html

#theweetabixbuilding (other cereals are available)
Gandalf the Pink
#3 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 22 Feb 2018 at 15:54 PM
The internal image looks wonderfully prison like.
Garry
#4 Posted by Garry on 23 Feb 2018 at 07:50 AM
That's 2 schools designed by Ryder that I've seen completed in the last couple of weeks (on Urban Realm) and both on remote exposed sites offering little shelter or sense of place. These will undoubtedly be the largest buildings in these communities and seem to be little better than child warehouses. If the aspiration is to create inspirational or even pleasant learning environments then I think they have failed miserably.
Bargain Base Course
#5 Posted by Bargain Base Course on 23 Feb 2018 at 13:37 PM
"responds to the geology and topography of the site"....no, the site was flattened and a great big monstrosity was put right o'er the tap o it. "The plinth, articulated as a heavy carved piece"....no, its a 4m high cheap blockwork wall befitting of a basement. "pleated texture which will change dramatically according to viewpoint or direction of the sun”...nonsense, a cladding profile of that size / depth will create no shadow especially against the black concrete blockwork below.
At least the car park and the plinth have a visual relationship, phew. What drivel!
MV
#6 Posted by MV on 23 Feb 2018 at 15:26 PM
Brown, brown, browny-brown, again.
Gandalf the Pink
#7 Posted by Gandalf the Pink on 24 Feb 2018 at 00:00 AM
Seriously, stick a security fence around it and it's a prison. Remove the fence and it's a school.
Graeme McCormick
#8 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 24 Feb 2018 at 19:02 PM
Architecture must inspire. How does this inspire our young people? When I attended the senior department of Paisley Grammar School in 1966 the building which was about 75 years old at that time said grandeur, wonder and ambition. The building albeit extended is still there. How many schools provide that legacy of inspiration?
Graeme McCormick
#9 Posted by Graeme McCormick on 25 Feb 2018 at 05:20 AM
Architecture must inspire. How does this inspire our young people? When I attended the senior department of Paisley Grammar School in 1966 the building which was about 75 years old at that time said grandeur, wonder and ambition. The building albeit extended is still there. How many schools provide that legacy of inspiration?
Geological Time
#10 Posted by Geological Time on 27 Feb 2018 at 13:06 PM
We are being taken for a Ryde with this.

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