Merrylee Primary School

This New Build Primary and Pre-school Campus in the Southside of Glasgow provides accommodation for 550 Children from four local amalgamating schools. The new facility provides two pre-school nursery classes, and offers IT and sports amenities for the wider community.

A key concept of the design was that the school integrated with the local community did not take the form of a “traditional” school hidden behind a fence. The distinctive, contemporary curved design creates a unique. Inside the building provides 3,443m2 (37,060ft2) of inner floor space with 12 large class rooms positioned off a central wide, light and spacious “street” that stretches the full two storey height of the building.

At one end there of this corridor is a large sports hall and adjoining dinner hall. The School also incorporates an open plan library and IT facility with flexible working space. The internal street was designed to emulate the traditional Victorian Villas of the surrounding neighbourhood.

The campus, which provides the new home for three former Primary Schools in the Southside of Glasgow, was designed as highly sustainable and achieved a “Very Good” BREEAM Rating.  10% of the building is made from recycled materials, with walls insulated with recycled newspapers. The frame of the structure is predominantly timber, which was sourced from an accredited sustainable source and all concrete blockwork used in the building is made from recycled aggregate, with a polished version of the recycled block used at the main entrances.