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Construction to get underway at Grangemouth secondary school

April 6 2016

Construction to get underway at Grangemouth secondary school
Falkirk Council has given the final go ahead to the creation of a new secondary school catering for pupils with additional support needs in Grangemouth.

The £17.5m school has been designed in-house by the local authority and will cater for 190 pupils upon completion by Ogilvie Construction in August 2017.

A design statement prepared by the council’s development services department noted: “The main frontage elevation consists of the assembly hall, upper floor staff room, main entrance, gym and swimming pool.

“The ground floor of the two storey wing consists of specialist classrooms with north facing orientation and an upper floor consisting mainly of core classrooms. It is anticipated that an adjacent roof garden with southerly aspect may be incorporated at a later date.”

The new school will be faced in a combination of rain screen metal cladding, render and natural timber panels.


Ho Lee Fu
#1 Posted by Ho Lee Fu on 6 Apr 2016 at 11:03 AM
...and this is how some towns manage to keep themselves as dismal places. Sureley a future carbuncle winner.
Art Vandelay
#2 Posted by Art Vandelay on 6 Apr 2016 at 11:07 AM

Monkey Juice
#3 Posted by Monkey Juice on 6 Apr 2016 at 11:09 AM
Dr P
#4 Posted by Dr P on 6 Apr 2016 at 11:20 AM
Should read:- "The main frontage elevation consists of" a muddle of every cladding we could find with lots of awkward junctions with no thought to an coherent, considered design approach.
Ho Lee Macker
#5 Posted by Ho Lee Macker on 6 Apr 2016 at 13:27 PM
I'm with Ho Lee Fu on this one.

(Westfield's fish food factory is a far more satisfying architectural experience on every level) and why does North Korea (Falkirk Council) keep pushing this particular naff Trespa type cladding a la Armadale library?
Lost for words
#6 Posted by Lost for words on 6 Apr 2016 at 13:47 PM
If their Premier Inn project at Pacific Quay is anything to go by ……this could be another “stonker”
#7 Posted by HMR on 6 Apr 2016 at 14:08 PM
seriously why bother..... are they sponsored by an obscure cladding supplier,wanting to showcase the full range.

A Local Pleb
#8 Posted by A Local Pleb on 6 Apr 2016 at 14:39 PM
It's great that the community are getting a new facility but what a mish mash...utter trash...does not say much for the 'architectural' capabilities of the Council.
#9 Posted by james on 6 Apr 2016 at 16:21 PM
Nothing wrong with this building,i think it looks great
Gordon Fleming
#10 Posted by Gordon Fleming on 6 Apr 2016 at 16:24 PM
£17.5m for 190 pupils - surely not.
D to the R
#11 Posted by D to the R on 6 Apr 2016 at 19:41 PM
Contractor led sh!te .... This is dreadful ....
Cladington Herenow
#12 Posted by Cladington Herenow on 7 Apr 2016 at 08:26 AM
A truly magnificent eyesore and should fit in nicley with the other sewage designs going through the planning department at Falkirk Council
#13 Posted by Phil on 7 Apr 2016 at 11:03 AM
#14 Posted by Tenement on 7 Apr 2016 at 16:11 PM
Like any horror film, you can't unsee this...
Nairn's Bairn
#15 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 8 Apr 2016 at 09:55 AM
Is this really a new-build? It looks like a quick-fix makeover of a 60s block. I can't believe someone sat down with a blank sheet of paper and came up with that as the best possible solution, no matter what the budget was. It seems to be inspired by the aged Moray (Oxgangs) Primary School next door, which is NOT a good thing. This takes the principle of random flat-roofed boxes and adds a dozen external finishes (and a dozen possible entrance doors) none of them attractive.

Surely its about time ARB or RIAS started doing spot quality checks on architects output - these guys need a spell in the sin bin.
Bish Bash Bosh
#16 Posted by Bish Bash Bosh on 8 Apr 2016 at 10:46 AM
After their success at St Bernadettes Primary school, this is quite disappointing!
#17 Posted by clive on 11 Apr 2016 at 10:28 AM
"so, you'd like to join our Council architectural division"
"great! see you Monday"
"is that it?"
"do you want to see my qualifications?"
"nope - we are a 'trust' organisation"
"OK, can i get 6 weeks annual leave, a working week of 30 hours, flexitime, work from home credits, paid sabatical after 10 years, final salary pension, and a 'free access to all council facilites' pass?"
"done - see you Monday"
#18 Posted by SAndals on 14 Apr 2016 at 13:12 PM
Which part is the Pool?
bridget jones
#19 Posted by bridget jones on 11 Dec 2016 at 22:40 PM
Been watching this school being built, firstly the plans were no way the size of the school being built now. Badly designed and an eyesore and I would not say worth every penny of the millions its costing. Adjacent school are now missing a big chunk of their playground and vastly overshadowed by an enormous school for only 190 pupils. How can a plan be shown to the public and then a huge change when being built. When I had an extension built it was actually built smaller to keep planning control happy.

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