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March 16 2020

Inverness school enlivens education with a splash of colour

Highland Council has given the go-ahead to an 850-capacity primary school at Ness Castle, a new build housing estate to the south of the city, to be delivered in two phases by Stallan-Brand Architects.

The colourful plans call for the creation of an initial 12 clustered south-facing classrooms, playrooms and a nursery arranged around a central gathering place which doubles as a place for play, group work and presentations.

To minimise wasted corridor space each classroom will have the capability of opening out onto circulation routes in a series of linked ‘learning plazas’ and breakout spaces with each classroom also spilling out onto playgrounds.

In a design statement, the practice wrote: “As the first new public building in the Ness Castle area the school will help to define the identity and sense of place for this new community.”

Designed on the principle that daylight and colour can boost attainment and wellbeing the school employs a modular plan that lends itself well to future expansion in lockstep with ongoing housebuilding in the area.

Phase one of Ness Castle will welcome pupils in August 2021.

Thick-set masonry walls take their cue from traditional Scottish tower houses with deep-set windows providing ample space for seating, planting and terraces.

A Stealth Bomber profile allows a clear delineation of spaces
A Stealth Bomber profile allows a clear delineation of spaces
Classrooms will spill over into playgrounds and hallways
Classrooms will spill over into playgrounds and hallways

Deep set windows can be utilised for planting and seating
Deep set windows can be utilised for planting and seating
Thick-set masonry walls take their cue from traditional Scottish tower houses with deep set windows providing ample space for seating, planting and terraces.
Thick-set masonry walls take their cue from traditional Scottish tower houses with deep set windows providing ample space for seating, planting and terraces.

5 Comments

D to the
#1 Posted by D to the on 17 Mar 2020 at 13:07 PM
That's a crackin' little project … Love to see it delivered as it is.
Cateran
#2 Posted by Cateran on 17 Mar 2020 at 21:50 PM
Ignoring the building for a mo, the sports provision looks sadly lacking with what looks like one of those awful, curtailed, multi-use pitches prevalent these days.
Charlie Dimmock
#3 Posted by Charlie Dimmock on 18 Mar 2020 at 05:37 AM
'soiling out'?
Urban Realm
#4 Posted by Urban Realm on 18 Mar 2020 at 09:42 AM
spilling even!
Gordon
#5 Posted by Gordon on 20 Mar 2020 at 11:12 AM
Hallelujah!
Some good design to celebrate. Well done SB

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