Baby boom fuels Edinburgh schools expansion
November 11 2014submitted by Scott Brownrigg for the erection of a two storey classroom extension within the grounds of James Gillespie’s Primary, part of a wider investment by Edinburgh City Council to meet the needs of a projected rise in the school age population through to 2019.
Located in the Marchmont area of the city the white render and zinc build is designed to be permanent whilst taking advantage of efficiencies gained through use of standardised components and ‘Optimum Schools’ principles.
These embrace a passive approach to environmental conditions, durable materials and flexibility of use.
In their design statement Scott Brownrigg said: “By adopting a simple, singular form which in its materiality makes reference to the existing context, the proposal maintains a clear relationship with the site and its surroundings whilst still retaining an individual character.
“What would ordinarily be a standard circulation space at first floor level has been enlarged for use as a shared ‘hub’ space adjacent to the classrooms - this can be used for informal teaching/ break-out space and allow congestion free movement around the building at peak times.”
Similar extensions at Ratho, Flora Stevenson, Pentland, East Craigs, Gilmerton and Clermiston Primary Schools have also been submitted.
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