Coatbridge school to stand as architectural 'object' in suburbia
April 1 2021
Norr Architects are taking the lead on the construction of a new school to replace the existing Sikeside and Carnbroe primaries in Coatbridge.
As part of a broader upgrade of North Lanarkshire schools the new Carnbroe & Sikeside campus will consolidate both schools alongside an early learning centre with a total capacity of 584.
Conceived as an object building within the suburban landscape the architecture seeks to establish a sense of place, complemented by a landscape strategy overseen by Hirst.
Built into the slope of the site the main frontage will sit on the upper ground floor around a centrally positioned entrance and covered civic space, with semi-open plan cellular classrooms arranged around the perimeter and interior floor to ceiling windows offering a view down to an assembly hall below.
Asking planners to approve the design Norr wrote: "Our team believes that this building provides North Lanarkshire Council a genuinely compelling blend of quality and value contained within a simple, site-specific form which generates a very strong sense of place."
Externally the buff brick school will be wrapped in a bronze coloured metal with sloped flanks at either end intended to instil a sense of dynamism.
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The building exterior is 'meh', but I'm sure the end result will be a valuable education resource, so all good.