East Ayrshire Council lift the lid on giant Knockroon campus
January 24 201723,000sq/m learning and enterprise campus at Knockroon, bringing a nursery, primary, secondary and special needs pupils together under one roof.
With a budget allocation of £63.5m the campus represents the single largest capital investment ever undertaken in the council’s history and sports an external design influenced by existing vernacular architecture such as pitched roofs, wallhead gables with chimneys and windows.
Outlining their fenestration development Sheppard Robson architects wrote: “Developing on key aspirations about reinforcing a sense of place, the concept of using a “modern vernacular” as the architectural expression of the building is at the heart of the design.
“This approach allows the mass of the building to be broken down reducing the impact of such a large facility within the site and predominately residential urban context. Motifs such as the subdivision of each block by the use of pitched roof bays allow further breaking down of the form, while vertical fenestration proportions and the lively roofscape echo architectural forms found across Ayrshire.“
A robust materials palette of pale grey and cream coloured brick has been specified with reconstituted stone cladding used to express a link block and external canopies. Standing seam metal cladding will wrap down from the roof onto feature walls facing the sports pitches.
Knockroon is a planned development midway between Cumnock and Auchinleck and the design team also includes RankinFraser, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Robert Potter and Partners.
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