jmarchitects are delighted to have been awarded the Ambassador Award for Alyth Primary School at the 2019 Edinburgh Architectural Association Awards. 

Design director Henry Mckeown accepted the award on behalf of the team from Nicholas Taggart of the EAA at a ceremony at St Cecilia’s Hall in Edinburgh.

The EAA Ambassador Award is to acknowledge and publicise excellence in architecture for a completed project outside the Chapter area.

The project consolidates the existing primary, nursery and community facilities into a restored and extended Victorian School building dating from 1850. Due to its listed status and the strong local affection for the building, considerable consultation was required with Historic Scotland and the local Planning department.

The new building is arranged in a courtyard form, delivering a flexible central space which binds the elements of the brief into a controlled and tempered space used by the school and nursery for break-out and shared activities. As a passive, sustainable design, the courtyard solution also allowed us to minimise the energy needs of the building and deliver a holistic environmental and education solution for our client.

The judge’s decision was unanimous and praised the both the strong conceptual design approach taken as well as the thoughtful detailing which ensured a high-quality outcome.

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