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Compact Monifeith campus achieves efficiencies with a stacked form

December 5 2022

Compact Monifeith campus achieves efficiencies with a stacked form

Norr has tabled plans for a new learning campus in Monifieth, Angus, to replace the town's existing High School.

Offering space for around 1,200 pupils the campus will combine childcare, sport and community facilities in a single building designed that is designed to be as compact and efficient as possible.

Three storeys of teaching spaces will stand in a single rectangular block on the site of the existing school, enjoying uninterrupted views toward the Tay Estuary. These are served by a circuit corridor opening onto breakout spaces and vertical circulation.

Large-span spaces are stacked within this central core with sports and dining facilities at ground level sitting below a drama studio and library above. A feature social stair extends from the front entrance through a full-height void, serving each of these spaces in turn.

In a statement governing the design development, Norr wrote: "The conceptual approach of a 3-storey block evolved as the design developed to reduce overall circulation and area of the building. This resulted in the swimming pool forming a 1.5-storey positioned on the eastern elevation. This move improved the internal efficiency of the building so that the specialist internal environment of the pool could be kept separate from the main teaching block while still achieving the Passivhaus requirements.

"The other exception to the single three-storey block is the incorporation of a recessed external plant well on the roof. This conceals several large roof-mounted air handling units while also lowering the internal volume of the sports hall."

Finished in multi-stock buff brick the campus entrance on the south facade is defined by a canopy and colonnade finished in bronze panels.

A project team including Robertson Construction, Goodson Associates and Oobe has been assembled for the build. 

Rectangular floorplates maximise layout efficiencies
Rectangular floorplates maximise layout efficiencies
The new campus is positioned in the centre of the old High School site
The new campus is positioned in the centre of the old High School site


#1 Posted by Robert on 5 Dec 2022 at 20:35 PM
Good grief - it might be an efficient design, but it is indescribably ugly. Imagine being a pupil getting up in the morning to go to school there - hardly uplifting, is it?
Mark Hodgson
#2 Posted by Mark Hodgson on 6 Dec 2022 at 08:26 AM
"But mum, do I have to go to jail this morning!?!"

#3 Posted by HMR on 6 Dec 2022 at 11:12 AM
Good grief - thats a shocker
#4 Posted by pooka on 9 Dec 2022 at 11:36 AM
love it - excellent use of ventilation penetrations for architectonic visual stimulation
outraged individual
#5 Posted by outraged individual on 12 Dec 2022 at 19:41 PM

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