Coun­cil staff praised af­ter Lochaber schools fin­ish top of the class in de­sign awards

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

THE HIGH­LAND coun­cil has re­ceived recog­ni­tion for the de­sign of two Lochaber schools.

Lun­davra Pri­mary School won Best New Build­ing and Best Over­all Build­ing in the In­ver­ness Ar­chi­tec­tural As­so­ci­a­tion (IAA) de­sign awards, while the Gaelic School, Bun- Sgoil Ghàidhlig Loch Abar, in Caol got a com­men­da­tion in the Best New Build­ing cat­e­gory.

Lun­davra Pri­mary School opened its doors to pupils af­ter the Oc­to­ber break last year and the cur­rent pupil roll is 237 pri­mary and 50 nurs­ery pupils.

The school was recog­nised for pro­vid­ing three important amenity func­tions – nurs­ery, pri­mary school and com­mu­nity and recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties. Fronting the build­ing is a new civic space, while an out­door play en­vi­ron­ment ranges around the lower lochside el­e­va­tions of the build­ing. There are two storeys of ac­com­mo­da­tion – but both are ef­fec­tively ground floor con­di­tions, as the build­ing nes­tles into the ex­ist­ing to­pog­ra­phy.

Chair­man of the Lochaber Area Com­mit­tee, Coun­cil­lor Thomas MacLen­nan praised staff for their work, say­ing: ‘I would like to thank all the High­land Coun­cil staff who were in­volved and put so much hard work ef­fort into these projects. Once again you have shown that our stan­dard is up there with the best.’

The IAA rep­re­sents reg­is­tered ar­chi­tects in the High­lands and Is­lands of Scot­land and seek to recog­nise and cel­e­brate projects that ex­press and en­hance the iden­tity and cul­ture of the High­lands and Is­lands with the in­ten­tion of pro­mot­ing pub­lic in­ter­est and in­volve­ment in de­sign through­out and be­yond the re­gion.

Lun­davra Pri­mary School was de­signed to take ad­van­tage of its spec­tac­u­lar out­look.

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