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Holmes Miller draw up plans for Blairdardie Primary rebuild

January 20 2017

Holmes Miller draw up plans for Blairdardie Primary rebuild
Holmes Miller Architects have submitted designs for their second Glasgow primary in as many weeks with proposal for a replacement Blairdardie Primary.

Following on from Carntyne Primary, the design will require demolition of an existing school building and its relocation to the south of Kearn Avenue where a civic frontage of large openings will be created.

In their design statement the architects said: “A multi-tone buff facing brick is used to break down the scale of the elevations and to tie in with the surrounding residential building, with the addition of simple soldier courses to emphasise the accommodation areas behind. Fibre cement cladding is located within the main recessed areas of the building which identify the primary entrance points/areas of interest around the perimeter of the building.”

Divided between a teaching block and shared community space the scheme will adopt a brick colonnade to its primary south facing elevation, with a recessed area helping to control glare as well as providing shelter for the playground.


#1 Posted by Inahuf on 20 Jan 2017 at 11:52 AM
Where's the joy? This is meant to be a primary school, not an office block. Imagine the 4 1/2 yr old coming for their first day at school, anxious but open to being inspired by new learning and opportunities- what does the building say to them? Welcome to years of drudgery and a life in the corporate machine...
I've said it once...
#2 Posted by I've said it once... on 20 Jan 2017 at 13:16 PM
Kirkmichael. Kirkmichael. Kirkmichael.
Sir Ano
#3 Posted by Sir Ano on 20 Jan 2017 at 14:08 PM
Exactly Inahuf.

I made a similar comment on a similar school a while back there just no imagination.
#4 Posted by Inahuf on 20 Jan 2017 at 15:50 PM
Also, where is the entrance and how do you get there safely? It looks like the teacher's cars get better access than the kids. For 'civic presence' read 'car park'....
#5 Posted by Designer on 23 Jan 2017 at 21:46 PM
In these tough financial times of recession, austerity, and restrain; the little blighters of Blairdardie deserve nothing more than the basic melancholic delights of buff brickwork...
Neil McAllister
#6 Posted by Neil McAllister on 24 Jan 2017 at 11:09 AM
The strange thing is this is by the same architects as Kirkmichael primary so we know they know how to design wonderful schools. I think one big difference is the scale - 16 classrooms vs 3 - and everything else scaled appropriately. Also, we've no idea what the brief stipulated. Having said that, I'm sure something could have been done to reduce the visual scale. I don't think "a civic frontage of large openings" was the right move.

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