Highland Council / Morrison Construction
Ken Allan, Project Director, Highland Council
“It is great news that the school has won such a prestigious award and my congratulations go to everyone involved in this project. The judges were so impressed with the enthusiasm for the building expressed by staff, from the receptionist when they arrived to the teachers they met while looking around the building, but particularly the Head Teacher, Robert Quigley, who impressed them with his approach to learning and the ethos that he's nurtured in the school.”
Steve Barron, Depute Chief Executive and Director of Housing and Property
environment-focused design in a picturesque setting
Keppie were selected, after a competitive dialogue, to deliver this new primary school at Milton of Leys which was procured through a Design & Build contract with Morrison Construction. It serves a new catchment area, with a school role of around 370 pupils. An exemplar design for the school was prepared by the Highland Council in house architects for which Planning Consent had been granted. The design incorporates 11 classrooms with provision for future expansion to include an additional 4 classrooms, along with a community room and MUGA. Following completion in early 2014 we received instruction for Morrison to undertake the design of a 3 classroom extension, these works were completed for the opening of the new school term in August 2014
In order to satisfy the key environmental elements of the Client’s brief, we investigated in great detail thermal performance, air-tightness, acoustics, day-lighting, natural ventilation, material/product specification and ‘A’ rated constructions in line with the BRE Green Guide in order to achieve the BREEAM requirements. Heating and hot water is delivered via a prefabricated biomass boiler packed plant system.
The clean lines of the stainless steel and larch have achieved the maintenance free external envelope and a very unique and striking primary school has been created in a picturesque setting, with outstanding views overlooking Inverness and the Moray Firth.