• 14 August 2018

Planning permission secured for Linkwood Primary School

Proposals for the Linkwood Primary School project in Elgin have been approved by Moray Council with no objections raised.

Our Transport, Structures, Environmental and Civil teams, were appointed through hub North, on behalf of Moray Council, to provide consultancy services in support of the planning application. The new facility will replace the existing temporary Linkwood School with a permanent, valuable modern education facility for the growing local community, providing employment for 53 staff between the school and nursery.

The project forms part of the South of Elgin masterplan expansion proposed by Springfield Properties, currently one of the largest residential developments in Moray. The new school provides floorspace of around 3,780m2 for up to 476 pupils, including up to 12 ASN pupils, whilst the new nursery provides space for 40 nursery pupils.

To maximise outdoor learning potential, an external roof terrace and outdoor classroom have been designed to the west of the building, along with an allotment and a wetland area featuring aquatic and wetland meadow planting. Outside play areas, including a secure area for ASN pupils, has also been designed along with a sand pit, allotment and a multi-use games area (MUGA).

Ease of accessibility to the school was a key requirement for the client, and the project features parking for around 40 cars, together with 33 cycle spaces and 10 scooter spaces to encourage active travel to school.

Our Glasgow team are undertaking additional services including a flood and drainage strategy, acoustic and transportation assessments, an archaeology assessment and an ecology assessment. Ensuring efficient solutions were developed for the school site and building form, Waterman provided strategic support services prior to the NPR approval. This included advising on geo-environmental and topographical constraints along with commentary on structural form to help develop the architectural philosophy.

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