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May 9 2016

Contractors break ground at Galashiels primary
McLaughlin & Harvey have commenced delivery of a £10m primary school in the Borders town of Galashiels ahead of an anticipated opening in summer 2017.

Designed by Stallan Brand Langlee Primary will include 14 classrooms alongside an embedded unit for children with additional support needs, sports hall and nursery.

Councillor Sandy Aitchison, executive member for education, said: “Langlee’s current school has served generations of children in Galashiels since being built in 1958. However, a new building is now clearly needed and I am delighted to see work start on-site.
 
“The school is important not just to the Langlee community but the whole of Galashiels. I hope it will be a major asset which is well used by pupils as well as local organisations and groups.”

The school has been likened to a ‘contemporary castellated ruin wall’ by its designers with a corten steel façade drawing inspiration from the fortifications and castles which dot the Borders landscape.

10 Comments

clive
#1 Posted by clive on 10 May 2016 at 05:13 AM
"contemporary castellated ruin wall"
That comes out of the random comment generator box in the corner of the office!
"roll up, roll up! pick four words - any words!"
sultan of brooneye
#2 Posted by sultan of brooneye on 10 May 2016 at 10:05 AM
At a glance I could imagine the scale being rather oppressive and intimidating to young/small children.
Yaldy
#3 Posted by Yaldy on 10 May 2016 at 11:16 AM
Those big vertical white bars look better on the new CoG College building on Cathedral Street. Then again, they're defensible here insofar as the prison metaphor/architecture is probably better applied at primary level
Manfredo Tafuri
#4 Posted by Manfredo Tafuri on 10 May 2016 at 12:37 PM
Yes Yaldy, also best to get these young 'uns educated at an early age in the abstract linguistics of Eisenman, ye ken, something they can easily identify with, relate to and find reassuring?
Gringo
#5 Posted by Gringo on 10 May 2016 at 13:29 PM
That's a nice 'Child Programming Facility' right there!
Yaldy
#6 Posted by Yaldy on 10 May 2016 at 13:36 PM
I agree
D to the R
#7 Posted by D to the R on 10 May 2016 at 16:18 PM
Zero sense of scale .... or form ... or erm ... architetcure
Jim
#8 Posted by Jim on 11 May 2016 at 12:17 PM
I cant believe SB actually think this is an appropriate response.

Is that frame even buildable...!?
Terra
#9 Posted by Terra on 12 May 2016 at 21:55 PM
Looks like a screen-shot from Mass Effect, not sure if that's a good thing or not.
Yeah, as the great Sultan of Brooneye stated. Might be a bit oppressive for kids. Actually reminds me of a fascist era building in Rome that Mussolini had built.
Gordon
#10 Posted by Gordon on 16 May 2016 at 11:30 AM
The original scheme posted on here had so much potential, unfortunately it looks like a pretentious art school student was allowed to run wild on this design. very disappointing! Plus this grid and columns is so dated, change the record please!! Go back to what it was you used to do well.. DESIGN!

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