Ryder submit plans for new Shetland High School
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April 28 2014Anderson High School at Lerwick on the Shetland Islands following completion of a public consultation exercise into the delivery of a 1,180 pupil school and neighbouring halls of residence.
Occupying a sensitive site the school seeks to adapt the deep plan ‘superblock’ school favoured by the Scottish Futures Trust (last seen at Eastwood High and The Lasswade Centre) to the harsh local climate.
This sees the flat roofs employed at both pilot schools dispensed with in favour of a traditional pitched roof to minimise the effects of frequent driving rain and gale force winds, whilst referencing the individual agricultural structures which pepper the island landscape.
Consisting of twin wings the school centres on a triple height atrium space and support spine enveloped by a sequence of classrooms facing the external façade.
Clad in timber upon a masonry concrete base the scheme is intended to be robust and durable whilst evoking the feel of a traditional barn.
In their design statement Ryder remarked: “Visually, the timber cladding provides relief from the solidity of the base element, and also results in the apparent scale of the building being reduced. From the south and west, the building will be read as a three storey structure placed on a landscaped plinth. By using boards in differing sizes and orientations on the main elevations with expressed panels, visual interest is maintained at medium and close ranges as the texture becomes apparent as the building is approached.
”In time, the aluminium of the roof will oxidise to a more matt finish while the timber of the walls will weather to s silver grey, further integrating the building into its setting.”
The new school is scheduled for completion in August 2016.
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