Stoneywood School in Aberdeen has been shortlisted for an award by The Aberdeen Society of Architects.
Funded through the Council's five-year Capital Programme, the £13 million School consists of a two stream Primary School and 60 place Nursery and is located on the site of the former Bankhead Academy.
Our design was developed around a school heart concept, with a series of elegant ‘lantern’ teaching pavilions embracing the core community and assembly spaces. Each pavilion is generated around a spacious top lit collaborative activity area encircled by classroom teaching spaces. Every teaching space in turn, directly extends and reaches out into the external teaching environment.
The new state-of-the-art school building is conceived around the strongest sustainable design principles, being one of the largest cross laminated timber education buildings delivered to date in Scotland. As a direct result, the calm and spacious aesthetic deriving from the building form delivers a light, modern, natural feeling, healthy learning and working environment for the primary and pre-school stages for the community. Mature trees bound the site and the teaching pavilions are surrounded by a sensitively designed learning landscape featuring paved and planted areas, outdoor learning and play facilities (including a 3G synthetic pitch), amphitheatre seating areas and woodland pathways.
Education provision is delivered across 16 classrooms within the single-storey building, each with direct access to the external landscape, which includes a sensory garden, a woodland walk, sports facilities and a new 7 aside 4G synthetic pitch. In addition to the class, gym, dining, assembly and support areas the accommodation also provides for space integrated flexible teaching areas, future-flex cloakroom areas, a library and a sensory room.
Cllr Lumsden said of the completed project “We are incredibly proud of the programme of school construction and Stoneywood is a very impressive new building. It will provide a wonderful environment for pupils and staff as well as for the wider community. The attention to detail is excellent and the design fits the needs of modern learning, providing the ideal platform.”
"This wonderful project adds to the range of high quality, on-vision portfolio of work being delivered out of the Edinburgh studio” comments Alex Donaldson, Director of Scott Brownrigg’s Edinburgh studio."