Linkwood Primary School completes
The £12 million new Linkwood Primary school, designed by JM Architects, provides education facilities for up to 476 pupils in Scotland’s Elgin, including Additional Support Needs provision for up to 12 students and space for 40 pre-school children in the nursery area.
Built by Balfour Beatty, the new facility replaces the former Linkwood School with a modern facility for the growing local community, providing employment for 53 staff. Waterman’s transport, structures, environmental and civil engineering teams were appointed to provide consultancy services for the 3,780 m2 development through hub North Scotland, on behalf of Moray Council.
The school is part of the overall South of Elgin masterplan which hopes to create a fully accessible and adaptable community that promotes sports and a healthy living lifestyle. Pedestrian links throughout the new school have been carefully integrated with the wider masterplan, which also includes 2,500 new homes, a new sports centre, a range of community facilities and a new urban edge with enhanced countryside.
To encourage outdoor learning, the facility benefits from an external roof terrace and plant deck area along with a covered external classroom, whilst the outside play areas include a sand pit, an allotment and a multi-use games area (MUGA). The school’s external space also accommodates 40 car parking bays, together with 33 cycle spaces and 10 scooter spaces to encourage active travel to school.
The main school building features a double-height dining area adjacent to a large games hall which is visually integrated with the first floor via large internal glazed screens. Throughout the teaching areas, open plan classrooms overlook shared central spaces to further enhance the sense of community.
Alun Rae, Director of Waterman Structures, commented: “We are very proud to have been involved in delivering the new Linkwood Primary School as part of the South of Elgin masterplan. It has been a great collaborative effort from all the design team.”