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Sciennes Primary School

Sciennes Primary School

The first Passivhaus primary school project in Scotland to be constructed from cross-laminated timber (CLT) has opened its doors in Edinburgh.

The £3.2 million, two-storey extension to Sciennes Primary School - a grade B-listed building in the Marchmont conservation area of the city - was designed by Holmes Miller, with Maxi Construction as the principal contractor.

Large windows with integrated seats, and extensive use of rooflights maximise natural light throughout the building, particularly given the building’s constrained location, while improved landscaped areas in the playground will encourage outdoor learning.

The exterior stonework was chosen to complement the existing school building, which dates from 1892, and its context within a conservation area.

 To achieve the rigorous Passivhaus standard, the building’s design follows a ‘fabric-first’ approach, focusing on air-tightness and thermal performance. The use of triple glazing and heavily insulated walls and roofs helps achieve this, while mechanical ventilation heat recovery systems and air source heat pumps reduce energy consumption and improve thermal control.

PROJECT: Sciennes Primary School
LOCATION: Marchmont, Edinburgh
CLIENT: City of Edinburgh Council
ARCHITECT: Holmes Miller
Sciennes Primary School
Sciennes Primary School
Main Contractor:  Maxi Construction

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