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Fife Council’s Levenmouth High School reaches financial close

January 12 2015

Fife Council’s Levenmouth High School reaches financial close
Fife Council has appointed Hub East central Scotland to deliver the new Levenmouth High School as the £42.5m project reaches financial close, paving the way for the 18,100sq/m school to open its doors by August 2016.

Built within the grounds of the existing Buckhaven School the AHR designed facility will provide space for 1,800 pupils drawn from both Buckhaven and the nearby Kirkland High.

Fife Council spokesperson Cllr. Bryan Poole said: “Financial Close of this project represents a major milestone in our plans and together with investment being made by Fife College in an adjacent facility, the new school will form part of the centrepiece of our drive to help regenerate the Levenmouth area.”

Fife College will occupy a new building adjacent to the school.


Shiny Beast
#1 Posted by Shiny Beast on 12 Jan 2015 at 14:58 PM
Is that really a 21st century school ? Suppose this is the level of architectural effort you get when the fees are so ridiculously low.
Steven Premmel
#2 Posted by Steven Premmel on 12 Jan 2015 at 15:53 PM
I'm always envious of people who can look at a single photoshop render and immediately understand ever element of a design. It's a skill that completely escapes me, I guess the subtlety of the process is just far too complicated for my simple mind.

I've always tried to have a look at plans and sections before throwing something on the fire, but that must show my inexperience, right?
Art Vandelay
#3 Posted by Art Vandelay on 12 Jan 2015 at 16:32 PM
I actually think this is my old school.
#4 Posted by E=mc2 on 12 Jan 2015 at 19:55 PM
Oh dear oh dear.
Andrew McEwan
#5 Posted by Andrew McEwan on 13 Jan 2015 at 09:31 AM
@ #2

Whilst I agree with your sentiment on people judging a book by its cover, usually such a dire attempt at an elevation is followed by a clumsy plan and derivative sections.

You can however conclude a number of things from a simple view. I don't think experience is required to conclude that the elevations lack any redeeming qualities.

For what its worth, I think that landscaping looks alright, with the exception of the stupid benches at the main entrance.
Walt Disney
#6 Posted by Walt Disney on 13 Jan 2015 at 11:21 AM
It needs a Morris 1000, a Mk2 Cortina and a Mini Clubman in the car park, and for all of the men to have 22 inch flares. Add in a Mungo Jerry soundtrack and the illusion is complete.
Stevie Steve
#7 Posted by Stevie Steve on 13 Jan 2015 at 13:09 PM
#8 Posted by Stephen on 13 Jan 2015 at 14:47 PM
Message to Hub: You get what you pay for. In this case, utter dross.
The architectural fees for Hub would be a joke if the resulting buildings weren't such a catastrophe. The word investment should be just that; this is just throwing money at a sticking-plaster solution.
#9 Posted by Sven on 13 Jan 2015 at 21:56 PM
I thought it was a pre-pic before refurb at first. Take away the landscaping and it could be any generic council building 1960-79. We have had some truly wonderfully designed schools highlighted on this site - recently this one (, so why vomit up this? For what is the poorest and most deprived areas of Fife and low educational attainment, I think more could, should and will need to be done to make this work otherwise this is another 30 year lifecycle rubble club building.
#10 Posted by Archimum on 17 Jan 2015 at 19:02 PM
Another hub success - dull as ditch water ! Don't let design get in the way of mid 60's East European egalitarian education and social provision

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