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Archial opens classy Peebles school

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February 24 2010

Archial opens classy Peebles school
Archial’s Kingsland Primary School, one of three primary schools designed by the practice for Scottish Borders Council, has opened its doors to pupils in Peebles.

With 14 classrooms and a nursery the £8.5m school can accommodate more than 400 staff and pupils.

The schools location, near Neidpath Castle on the edge of town, has inspired the architects to emphasise views out across Peebles with full height glazing affording younger pupils a clear line of sight to the great outdoors.

Direct access to the surrounding landscape is provided in 11 of the schools classrooms which contain doorways which open onto the school grounds.

Archial have also striven to create a domestic scale structure so as not to intimidate children by embedding the bulk of a two storey games hall within the sites sloping hillside.

The primary elevation of Kingsland is clad in dry stone walling with timber and white render also featuring prominently.

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