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Kelvinside Academy nursery approved

October 1 2012

Kelvinside Academy nursery approved
Kelvinside Academy has won planning permission to erect a £500k nursery at its Balgray Campus in Glasgow's west end to replace existing outdated facilities.

The independent school has commissioned Elder & Cannon to design the new nursery, which will accommodate classrooms, ancillary spaces and an external play area.

Kelvinside Academy rector Robert Karling said: “This purpose built new facility will provide a stimulating environment for high quality childcare. Surrounded by green open spaces, health and well-being will be an integral feature of the school’s early years education.  

“Its location within the Balgray Campus, alongside the neighbouring sports pavilion and facilities, will enable young children to embrace outdoor learning; a major part of the Scottish Government’s Curriculum for Excellence.

“Opportunities for outdoor learning will be enhanced further through the provision of a series of covered, safe, secure and soft play areas whilst the nursery’s south facing new classrooms fronting the playing fields will lead to an outdoor learning garden pavilion.”

The nursery is scheduled to complete in summer 2013.


Shiny Beast
#1 Posted by Shiny Beast on 1 Oct 2012 at 16:10 PM
Those timber fins look numerous,expensive and sharp cornered.
Art Vandelay
#2 Posted by Art Vandelay on 1 Oct 2012 at 20:35 PM

Think you're being a tad harsh on the timber fins. What about the leaves on the tree, or the blades of grass on the bottom left?
Rem Koolbag
#3 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 2 Oct 2012 at 09:37 AM
Goodness me - someone better contact one of the best architectural practices in the country and inform them their design is no good! They should really be figuring a way to hold that roof up using the absolute minimum of material and the absolute minimum cost.

And I will get on to the H&S Executive before one of the little darlings slicing themselves in half running full pelt at the expensive monstrosity. If only they could figure a way to smooth the corners off somehow.

For what it's worth - this looks ok, without the benefit of seeing any other material. It is a shame there is always usually a dearth of images presented with a news story on UR. The text isnt all that in depth, and 1 image on its own is pretty much next to useless.

It would be nice to see a section and how the height of the canopy relates to the scale of a child. Always remember going back to my primary school years later as a proper grown up and the low height of the corridor ceilings and the little benches and things was excellent and such a simple nod to the users. Of course, in this scheme it might not suit the proportion of the fins to be a bit more squat, but then you could save half the cash!
#4 Posted by mark on 2 Oct 2012 at 10:40 AM
That tree in the wee courtyard looks nice but if it grows any bigger it'll have the roof off!
alan park
#5 Posted by alan park on 2 Oct 2012 at 12:41 PM
Rem: thought you said this was by one of the best architectura ....... oh, right, get it. Don't see how anyone can judge the design on the basis of the image shown and suggest RES deserves more comment than this relatively minor development. Is this a loggia with a wee shed tacked onto an existing big shed?
#6 Posted by Dooosh on 2 Oct 2012 at 13:56 PM
Nice tricycle.
Rem Koolbag
#7 Posted by Rem Koolbag on 2 Oct 2012 at 15:19 PM
I agreee that there is not enough info to judge the design - this is UR failing. The image presented though is of enough quality that you can get a feel for at least one of the spaces - and it looks like the main space.

Anyway, all schemes are worthy of comment/constructive criticism not just the main city centre proposals.
Art Vandelay
#8 Posted by Art Vandelay on 3 Oct 2012 at 06:38 AM
@ Alan Park - that's a laughable comment.

Care to explain why RES is somehow more 'worthy' of comment than this? Surely the point of having a website like this is to promote a bit of debate...not just for big city-centre devs either.

But I digress, I should be spending some time formulating a devastating response for the RES page. My sincere apologies.
alan park
#9 Posted by alan park on 4 Oct 2012 at 10:28 AM
Art - My comment is laughable? So, what you mean is promote debate as long as you agree with the subject and content. Get a life or get some work to keep your mind more gainfully employed
Art Vandelay
#10 Posted by Art Vandelay on 4 Oct 2012 at 12:28 PM
Haha, calm down.

All I was meaning was that nobody can say whether a particular project is more 'comment worthy' than another...surely everything is up for discussion?

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