Ramboll. Whatriggs Primary School and Early Childhood Centre. Image Courtesy of East Ayrshire Council
Construction of Whatriggs Primary School and Early Childhood Centre in Kilmarnock gets underway this week. Designed by East Ayrshire Council in partnership with the local community, it will improve community capacity and provide a positive and sustained destination for learners.
The new £12.4m state-of-the-art flexible education and community facility follows the merger of Bellfield and Kirkstyle Primary Schools and forms part of East Ayrshire’s commitment to Lifelong Learning as one of the four Community Plan themes.
Council Leader Douglas Reid commented: “The design is being led by the Council’s own Facilities and Property Management Team in close consultation with headteachers, Diane MacKinnon and Sean Maddocks, experts from our Early Years Team and our Education Programme Team”.
Keppie Design won the commission after enhancing the Council's in-house design for the school that will welcome its first pupils in August 2017.
Ramboll has been working with Keppie Architects and Morrison Construction to help realise the vision for the facility that has been designed using holistic building philosophy. Using bespoke building physics modelling software, Ramboll has designed the building for optimum performance that will maximise internal comfort and minimise ongoing operating costs. Ramboll’s multidisciplinary role includes structural, civil, MEP and geotechnical engineering and geoenvironmental consulting.