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November 2 2015

Balloch Shared Campus goes in for planning
Holmes Miller, in tandem with Morgan Sindall and West Dunbartonshire Council, has submitted plans for Balloch Shared Campus, a new school on the site of the existing St Kessog’s Primary.

Amalgamating the roll of St Kessog’s, along with pupils from the nearby Haldane and Jamestown Primaries the campus will offer early years and childcare support as well as an early years unit.

In their design statement the architects observed: “To the front a feature pod clad in natural slating signifies the entrances and references the natural materials existent in the area; such as the new Carrochan National Park headquarters a little further up the road."

Entrances and shared accommodation are located at the heart of the plan with learning zones, including a mix of partially enclosed and open areas, radiating to either side.

Construction is expected to get underway in spring of next year.
Large curtain wall elements in the entrance, gables and learning zone provide plentiful natural light
Large curtain wall elements in the entrance, gables and learning zone provide plentiful natural light
The school will be faced with multi-brick complemented by feature dark coloured cladding panels
The school will be faced with multi-brick complemented by feature dark coloured cladding panels


A Local Pleb
#1 Posted by A Local Pleb on 2 Nov 2015 at 14:07 PM
Crikey...lots of glass, hope this is better than the school that I went to (from the 50's) got fried and suffered glare in the summer and froze in winter.
Like the internal view though!
Wee G the Weegie
#2 Posted by Wee G the Weegie on 2 Nov 2015 at 14:37 PM
I hope they remember to thank jmarchitects for inspiring this project.

Holmes Miller at it again? I do wonder...
Bruno Bettelheim
#3 Posted by Bruno Bettelheim on 2 Nov 2015 at 15:23 PM
Uch i dunno. What is the matter with architects and clients? I mean it all looks swish enough, but who cares?

Is it really desirable to have a situation where a primary school, student accommodation and a city centre office building can all be designed in the same commercial language and look the same?

(Get them young! They'll soon learn to conform to the homogenous terror from cradle to grave!)

Why are there so few mainstream firms that have the wherewithal to actually even make architecture of place and space and scale anymore, other than assemble industrialised building components as you would from an an ikea flatpack?

Or is this viewpoint just flogging a dead horse that has bolted from the stable doors long ago. Where is Aldo van Eyck and his like when you need him?
#4 Posted by freemy on 2 Nov 2015 at 15:32 PM
Atrium stairs reminds me a bit of one of the displays in the Pergamon museum.
A McEwan
#5 Posted by A McEwan on 2 Nov 2015 at 15:59 PM
Atrium stairs - nice idea. It seams a bit mean spirited that they just look at a blank plasterboard wall.
Cyril Sneer
#6 Posted by Cyril Sneer on 2 Nov 2015 at 16:35 PM
Looks like a tired 1990’s business park rip-off with a clumsy auditorium structure facing a tight corridor...fronting a blank wall. More buff brick? is this Holmes Miller or Miller Homes?
#7 Posted by Realist on 2 Nov 2015 at 16:38 PM
Don't worry, that proposal will be Value Engineered to within an inch of it's life.

Don't you just love monotony.

D to the R
#8 Posted by D to the R on 3 Nov 2015 at 22:06 PM
The wee lassie in the checked shirt should be expelled .... Clearly two fingers to the architects .... 'Aye I see yur fancy ster ... But am lookin' the other wey ... Whit yea gonnae date about it? Git an amendment tae warrant ?!?'

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