Borders Primary Schools

As part of a framework agreement with the Scottish Borders Council, we have engineered four primary schools in three towns and villages. New premises have been constructed in Lauder Lander and Clovenford, while in Peebles, Kingsland Primary School has been relocated and rebuilt and Halyrude Primary School has moved into the refurbished Kingsland school buildings.

To minimize impact on the landscape, all schools are single storey except for double height gym buildings and the main building at Kingsland School, which is built into the hill behind. Traditional construction was appropriate — we used loadbearing masonry with some steel elements in the roofs, and steel structures for the gyms. Reinforced masonry piers provide sufficient stability to allow some classroom walls to be almost fully glazed. The roof overhang acts as a brise soleil. The overall effect is in keeping with the farm buildings that dot the surrounding countryside.

Our infrastructure team negotiated steep slopes on all sites, working closely with the landscape architects to minimize the need for retaining walls or for excessive cut and fill.

transport planning, traffic engineering and traffic safety

Two school developments have been completed in the Scottish town of Peebles as part of an extensive project involving at least four new schools in the Scottish Borders region. In Peebles, the our client was considering two possible scenarios for the developments, involving alternative locations and the refurbishment and reuse of a certain amount of existing building stock.

In fulfilment of the legal requirement, an assessment of the impact of the two alternatives on traffic and travel in and around Peebles was provided by our transport planning team. Local concerns included the possibility of congestion at junctions, safe routes for pedestrians, the availability of space for vehicle manoeuvres on- and off-site and the impact of both construction and ongoing school operation on residents.

We gathered and analysed relevant information, identifying changes that may be necessary to meet national safety and other objectives. Our conclusions informed the final choice of location, based on the client’s and local planners’ overall priorities.


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