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