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Elgin High School replacement wins approval

February 11 2015

Elgin High School replacement wins approval
HUB North Scotland has secured planning approval from Moray Council for a JM Architects designed school on the site of the existing Elgin high.

In order to minimise internal environments the architects have aligned classroom spaces along both sides of the plan with multi-use spaces arranged along a spine between. A separate PE block will be located away from the main build to maximise natural light together with a feature atrium.

Finished in black render, glazing and reconstituted stone concrete blocks, the £26m school  will double up for community use.
In their design statement JM noted: “The central atrium is used to draw light down into the centre of the building and create a ‘social core’ to the plan, predicated on dining, social balconies, breakout and links to the assembly space and library. This three storey height space also performs a strategic role with regards to smoke ventilation and warm air exhaust.

“The new Elgin High School is a modern, bold and dynamic building, confident of its position and status within the community and within Elgin.”

A start date for the work to take place has yet to be decided but it is hoped to finish the build by late 2017.
Classrooms are configured to maximise daylight
Classrooms are configured to maximise daylight
The existing school will be demolished upon completion of the new build
The existing school will be demolished upon completion of the new build

1 Comment

The Ghosty Wids
#1 Posted by The Ghosty Wids on 12 Feb 2015 at 09:37 AM
Very surprised that they have granted permission to build a link road between Edgar Rd and High School Dr, given proximity to the Wards Wildlife Park and the Tyock Burn. Its something that has been talked about for about 15 years and has always been rejected by the council.

One thing they probably didnt think of was the connection of Greenwards and the High School where the kids used to play football together, where now they will have to just play kerby across the road.

Its great that they are finally moving away from the battleship grey block work classrooms and giving the kids a much better facility than what was there before and the introduction of a 3G pitch will be a massive benefit adding to the already successful pitch at the Academy.

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