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Zinc school extension bolsters Innerleithen early years capacity

July 17 2019

Zinc school extension bolsters Innerleithen early years capacity

Scottish Borders Council has authored proposals to extend the current St Ronan’s Primary School, Innerleithen, with a new early learning and childcare centre.

Catering for 95 children the extension has been designed to be universally accessible with a variety of learning spaces provided behind large bi-folding doors opening onto the playground.

In an associated design statement, the architect's section of the authority wrote: “A large canopy running the length of the building strengthens the pedagogy of a seamless transition between the spaces and enables children to stay outdoors in wet weather conditions.

“Furthermore, it minimises solar gain during sunny weather. The south-facing aspect also responds to the immersive surrounding views - a Landscape Architect is involved with the proposals for the outdoor areas.”

Finished in zinc with elements of timber the extension will augment the current school, built in 1957.

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