Lerwick takes ownership of UK’s most northerly high school
February 13 2018Anderson High School enabling 1,180 students and staff to obtain their first taste of the UK’s most northerly high school.
Situated on the outskirts of Lerwick, capital of the Shetland Islands, the secondary and halls of residence takes the form of two wings of accommodation enclosing a central atrium and support spine wrapped by teaching spaces.
Remoteness and difficulty of travel necessitated construction of a halls of residence on site within which the majority of pupils will reside during term time. Incorporating ground floor social spaces such as a games space, TV rooms, study spaces and music practice rooms as well as a weekend flat for visiting parents.
Chris Malcolm, architectural director at Ryder commented: “The new Anderson High School and Halls of Residence projects presented us with a significant architectural challenge – how to successfully integrate a four storey exemplar school design into an unspoiled iron age setting.
“By drawing inspiration from the vernacular forms of the Shetland landscape, we hope we have created an architectural response sympathetic to this unique island setting. It has been a real privilege to work on a project of such profound cultural significance to the people of Shetland.”
Delivered by Morrison Construction on behalf of hub North the school follows Ryder’s earlier work at Wick Community Campus and Kirn Primary.
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