Kingsland Primary School named EAA building of the year
April 15 2011
Designed by Archial for Scottish Borders Council the school saw off competition from 24 other contenders to receive the accolade
Costing £8.5m to build the school accommodates 400 staff and pupils in 14 classrooms and a nursery, forming a feature entrance feature to Peebles, occupying a prominent position on a hill above the river Tweed and boasts extensive meshing of indoor and outdoor spaces.
Mark Fresson, Director at Archial, said: “When it comes to schools, the architectural profession is often guilty of repeating mistakes made by the Victorians; some schools are still designed with windows which are placed so that younger pupils simply cannot see out. Kingsland, in contrast, benefits from full-height glazing so pupils can enjoy the connection with the outside world.
“In keeping with this ethos, the building, where possible, is domestic in scale and height, creating an environment that is not intimidating to small children”.
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