New look at £11.5m school planned for grow­ing town

Pro­pos­als: Ar­chi­tects take in­no­va­tive ap­proach to £11.5m pri­mary school

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID MACKAY

a new £11.5mil­lion pri­mary school in Mo­ray’s big­gest town has moved another step closer. Linkwood Pri­mary School will be built in the south of El­gin as part of a mas­sive ex­pan­sion that could even­tu­ally lead to 2,500 homes be­ing built over the next 20 years.

A new £11.5mil­lion pri­mary school in Mo­ray’s big­gest town has moved another step closer.

Linkwood Pri­mary School will be built in the south of El­gin as part of a mas­sive ex­pan­sion that could even­tu­ally lead to 2,500 homes be­ing built over the next 20 years.

Sites for two schools have al­ready been con­firmed, and Mo­ray Coun­cil has now sub­mit­ted fi­nal pro­pos­als for the first of them to be built.

About 460 pupils will be able to be ac­com­mo­dated in 16 class­rooms, in ad­di­tion to a nurs­ery of 40 chil­dren.

Once they have gone through the re­cep­tion area, vis­i­tors to the school will en­ter a large atrium that has been chris­tened the “heart of the school”.

From there, pupils and staff will have di­rect ac­cess to the can­teen, games hall, class­room ar­eas and the play­ground.

The school will be si­t­u­ated next to the new Mo­ray Sports Cen­tre and a tree-lined av­enue that will run from north to south through the new homes.

Doc­u­ments pre­pared by de­sign­ers JM Ar­chi­tects ex­plain the metal and tim­ber cladding on the out­side of the build­ing has been cho­sen to make it “stand proud” in its sur­round­ings, so it can be­come a “fo­cal point” of the com­mu­nity.

A re­port ex­plained: “Our pro­posal is founded on the idea of sim­plic­ity and in­no­va­tion. The pro­posed de­sign puts the child and their learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties at the cen­tre of the school through the clear, ef­fi­cient and flex­i­ble so­lu­tion to the brief.

“Our de­sign presents a sim­ple and adapt­able form, yet in­no­va­tive ap­proach to the school’s phys­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment.”

Con­struc­tion of the school, which will be next to the old rail­way line that leads to Rothes, is ex­pected to be­gin in March next year.

Coun­cil staff ex­pect that pupils will be able to move into the new build­ings in 2019.

Stu­dents who will at­tend the school are cur­rently be­ing taught in tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion at East End Pri­mary School.

New class­rooms are needed in El­gin due to the ex­ist­ing schools be­ing nearly full to ca­pac­ity, while more than 3,000 homes are ex­pected to be built in the town over the next two decades.

A re­place­ment for El­gin High School re­mains on track to open to pupils next month.

“Our de­sign presents a sim­ple and adapt­able form”

FLEX­I­BLE SPACE: A vi­su­al­i­sa­tion of Linkwood Pri­mary School, which will ac­com­mo­date about 460 pupils and have 16 class­rooms, a can­teen and games hall, be­low

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