Work gets underway on Wick community campus and primary school
July 16 2014
This will see the existing Wick High school, South Primary School, Pulteneytown Primary School consolidated into a single £48.5m campus with its own integrated library, swimming pool and nursery.
Wick is the second finest example of Georgian town planning in Scotland, prompting Highland Council Architects and Ryder to pursue a contemporary interpretation of simple materials and classical proportions. It is scheduled for completion in 2016.
A separate £14.1m Wick North Primary School is also being built by the practice, slated for delivery by August 2015, as a replacement for the existing North Primary School and Hillhead Primary School.
A design statement for the school noted: “The aluminium standing seam roof which undulates over the school wings and wraps seamlessly over the facade and roof overhangs, helps to create a coherent and simple appearance.
“Frameless translucent polycarbonate cladding to the north and east elevation of the sports block including polycarbonate rooflights will ensure excellent distribution of daylight and reduce glare within the gymnasium. Polycarbonate is also proposed to some break out spaces in order to articulate the facade and create a variation in internal environment; this will be particularly apparent when located against clear glass.”
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