Linkwood Primary School
Linkwood Primary School located in South Elgin, is a new build school on a greenfield site located within a wider masterplan for the expansion of Elgin. Linkwood is a new purpose-built primary school with Early Years Base and dedicated Additional Supports Needs department.
The Moray Council/ hub North Scotland
The exterior of the building is considered from its rural setting and the envelope skin reflects this. The point of arrival is marked by a cut back threshold space and feature wall. The window format has a civic scale and quality which in turn informs the three-sided classroom. The cross-section design pulls light and air from above creating the roof elevation.
The project design ideas and drivers are intrinsically linked to the arrangement of spaces, building form, building appearance and functionality.
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The design brief for the project requested a child centric, adaptable, and flexible solution which created spaces which:
• Provide structured and non-structured learning.
• Define uses for spaces but provide flexibility
• Make spaces the size and scale of children
• Overlap activities and spaces.
• Outdoor spaces which are permeable linking the community
A simple and adaptable form was created which allowed a simple structural design. Natural lighting and ventilation levels were maximised, creating a beautifully daylight interior with large glazing allowing views to the landscape. The classroom, break-out and circulation were considered as a ‘component’ pushing potential for adaption within the design.
The form has been designed to be as compact as possible, two teaching wings are organised around a centrally located gathering space and games hall. The wings are open plan and overlook the central spine of multi-functional learning spaces creating a heart for the school in the centre of the plan.
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