Holy Family RC Primary School, a shining example of innovative educational design, has been selected as a 2024 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist in the ‘Individual Buildings / Structures / Spaces’ category.

The aim of the Civic Trust Awards is to encourage the very best in architecture and environmental design, to improve the built environment for us all through design, sustainability, inclusiveness, and accessibility, and also to reward projects that offer a positive cultural, social, economic or environmental benefit to their local communities.

Holy Family Primary school is located on the western approach to the village of Winchburgh, a rapidly expanding town within West Lothian. The primary school forms part of a larger education campus, designed in conjunction with Ryder Architecture. The arrangement of the new school buildings on the site is intended to create a family of buildings that in some regards are alike and in other regards have their own identity. The schools are located along the prominent southern site boundary, will be visible and act as a ‘gateway’ in the village. The aspiration for the project is ‘schools in a park’. Holy Family primary school is located at one of the site entrances, commanding an important position as an arrival point within the new masterplan.

West Lothian Council have a strong belief in developing the way that education is delivered through an open collaborative learning environment and the design proposals seek to envisage this, providing a series of flexible interchangeable spaces within an overall building plan that provides opportunities for pupils of all ages to interact and learn from each other.

For more information on this project: https://jmarchitects.net/holy-family-rc-primary-school/

Photography Credit: David Cadzow

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