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.