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Edinburgh green lights Burdiehouse special school

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March 7 2019

Edinburgh green lights Burdiehouse special school

The City of Edinburgh Council are to proceed with a special primary school to provide additional support needs for 72 children.

Burdiehouse Primary has been designed in house by the authority to replace the current St Crispin’s School and will include its own swimming pool and dedicated behavioural support team.

Operating as a community hub out of hours the school will sit under a wild flower roof with a raised ground floor designed to mitigate the likelihood of flooding on the at-risk site.

In their design statement the council’s property and facilities management team wrote: “The building will be split into 4 distinct zones organized along the central circulatory axis - community hub to the centre of the plan, behavioral support, junior and senior teaching wings.

“The massing of the building gradually reduces in scale from the 2 storey community hub block down to the single storey teaching wings. The gym hall and swimming pool blocks are 1.5 storeys and will function as transitionary massing elements.”

Proposed materials include a mix of facing brick, unfinished larch, zinc and glazed green brick slips.

A circulation spine connects the main reception and communal space with classrooms
A circulation spine connects the main reception and communal space with classrooms
The surrounding flood plain will be remodelled to limit risk to thousand year events
The surrounding flood plain will be remodelled to limit risk to thousand year events

3 Comments

Epiphany
#1 Posted by Epiphany on 8 Mar 2019 at 09:22 AM
A circulation spine so all the little cherubs can hear each other's angelic voices!
Mies Van der Toe
#2 Posted by Mies Van der Toe on 8 Mar 2019 at 10:15 AM
#1 Epiphany- It's predominately an ASN school- Your comment is not in the best taste
Neil McAllister
#3 Posted by Neil McAllister on 11 Mar 2019 at 14:30 PM
It looks a nice human scale, unlike so many Primary School designs I've seen recently.

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