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Zinc school extension bolsters Innerleithen early years capacity

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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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