Masonry ‘ribbons’ define geology-inspired Jedburgh school
October 5 2017intergenerational school’s campus in Jedburgh following the approval of funding for the build.
Working alongside Borders Council, Hub South East, BAM and TGP, the team are set to deliver a 434 -space primary, 550 pupil secondary and a nursery to replace outdated existing facilities in the town.
To be built on an area of open landscape immediately outside the town centre the campus seeks to serve as an ‘extension of the High Street’ with the main entrance situated at the closest point to the existing centre – some 10 min walk away.
Juggling the needs of pupils and the wider community the design puts an emphasis on permeability, providing an open campus environment which knits into the urban fabric with an architectural response that draws upon geological formations.
In a planning design statement the practice wrote: “The strong banding makes reference to the horizontal layering of Jedburgh Abbey, and the roof-forms create a distant character to the building which reacts the vernacular of the Jedburgh townscape of roofs and spires.
“The intention is to integrate planting on, and around, the wall forms to reinforce the concept of the landform drawn from the hillside.”
A materials palette of copper rooflights, linear masonry ‘ribbons’ and curtain wall glazing has been selected to work with the site topography and lend the appearance of the building stepping up the hill.
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