BakerHicks' design skills highlighted in Education Buildings Scotland Awards
Three schools that feature the engineering and design skills of BakerHicks, the multidisciplinary design and engineering company, were nominated in the Project of the Year category of the 2018 Education Buildings Scotland Awards.
Carrongrange High School, Lenzie Meadow Primary School and the Balloch School Campus have all been shortlisted for Project of the Year, as well as being nominated in other categories including the Pupil/Student Experience and Innovation in Delivering Value Awards. A fourth school worked on by BakerHicks, Alyth Primary School, has also been shortlisted in the Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Education Facility category.
Laura James, head of Scotland at BakerHicks says:
“All four of these schools are truly excellent examples of flexible and inspiring education facilities. Their sustainable and innovative design will deliver real value to the communities they serve as well as providing pupils with a safe and inclusive learning environment. It’s great to see them getting the recognition they deserve through these nominations.”
Carrongrange High School was designed and built to specific requirements for pupils with Assisted Special Needs (ASN). The new facility merges two existing primary and early years’ establishments within one new specialised and highly functional building. Designed with future expansions in mind, the new school provides pupils with moderate to severe and complex needs with the facilities and environment they need to support their learning. BakerHicks provided architectural, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and civil and structural engineering on the project, delivering a flexible, efficient and cost effective design. The company also helped in overcoming the challenges of building the new school on soft ground with a high water table.
Similarly, Lenzie Meadow Primary School merged the Lenzie Moss and Lenzie Primary Schools within one responsive and innovative new building to house 560 pupils plus an Early Years Centre. A key feature of the school is its sustainability. BakerHicks’ building services and BREEAM teams designed in innovative measures such as the use of Biomass to provide underfloor heating, significantly reducing the school’s CO2 emissions. Materials from the demolition of the previous school were also used to form the base of a new 3G sports pitch. The new Lenzie Meadow school is an outstanding community facility, built on local community and stakeholder input into the design from day one.
Balloch School Campus brought three individual schools plus an early learning and childcare centre under one roof to accommodate more than 700 pupils in 21 flexible learning spaces. BakerHicks provided BIM, building services and civil and structural engineering services on the project. Working closely with the project architect they developed engineering solutions that supported the architectural vision, resulting in a building that fits with the campus’ ethos of collaborative learning. The campus is designed to reduce energy consumption and the associated running costs; for example maximum use has been made of natural ventilation and light, reducing the lighting needs of the building by as much as 90%. These elements have reduced the carbon footprint of the school, seeing it achieve an EPC A rating.
BakerHicks provided civil and structural engineering services for Alyth Primary School and nursery, which harmoniously combines the upgraded original Grade B listed Victorian school building with a new build extension. A high quality, sustainable building the new school incorporates a Sustainable Urban Drainage System designed by BakerHicks which is fully compliant with SEPA legislation requiring the rainfall run-off to be retained on site, preventing over-land flooding of the adjacent residential properties. With the school located on a sloping site, this was achieved through designing an underground tank that allowed for the volume of storage required and also minimised the volume of excavation works required.
The Education Buildings Scotland Awards look to celebrate excellence and achievement in education across Scotland and took place on 21 November at the Sheraton Grand Hotel.