Broomlands Primary School
ARCHITECTURE: Education Building or Project
Stallan-Brand Architecture + Design Ltd
Scottish Borders Council
Stallan-Brand have developed a new generation school design for the Scottish Borders Council inspired by Education Scotland's continuously evolving Curriculum for Excellence which places increased emphasis on external learning and external classroom provision.
Broomlands Primary School takes full advantage of its spectacular landscape setting with a design that quite literally reaches out to embrace the surrounding green space and woodland. The design has been driven by local influence and vernacular architecture. The form of the roof was inspired by the traditional pitched roofs that define the character of streets across the Scottish Borders. As well as creating a distinctive form to the building, the roof provides sheltered canopies for outdoor learning spaces, onto which, each classroom spills out. An early years facility contributes to the schools mixed activity.
The school incorporates space that can dynamically respond to different styles of learning whether that is in an intimate one to one basis or in larger clustered type teaching arrangements. Notably, the school also takes advantage of an ideal orientation with classroom elevations facing either east or west to avoid glare, overheating and helping encourage cross ventilation. Community sports areas open up towards the south to create a complete learning environment.