In Pictures: BDP’s community campus in South Ayrshire opens

In Pictures: BDP's community campus in South Ayrshire opens

The latest community-led education facility in Scotland designed by design practice BDP has opened.

The new Maybole Community Campus in South Ayrshire accommodates contemporary learning environments by combining three primary schools, a nursery and secondary school into a single, cohesive complex.

In Pictures: BDP's community campus in South Ayrshire opens

Carrick Academy, St Cuthbert’s Primary School, and the Culzean Primary School and Early Years Centre (formed from the amalgamation of Gardenrose and Cairn Primary schools) are all housed within the new building, creating an inspiring learning environment for 1,370 pupils.

The modern facilities also comprise a leisure pool, café, outdoor sports centre, a sports pavilion, and a new police office for the historic market town of Maybole.

In Pictures: BDP's community campus in South Ayrshire opens

The design of the campus eases the transition of learners from one stage of education to another and encourages consistent and beneficial use by the community. The high school’s central atrium is a flexible space that accommodates a wide range of teaching, learning opportunities and spaces for use by the local community groups. Shared indoor and outdoor physical education facilities bring the pupils together and the integrated nursery offers early-stage learning opportunities.

The combined primary schools share flexible social and dining spaces that connect to a vast playground, split over two levels. The nursery, located under the primary school playground, is well connected to the rest of the campus, and has its own south facing, secure garden.

In Pictures: BDP's community campus in South Ayrshire opens

The new building has been designed to comply with SFT LEIP in-use energy targets.

Sustainability measures include and all-electric, low carbon campus, a very efficient form factor ensuring energy efficiency from envelope first principles, high levels of fabric insulation a targeted in-use energy consumption of <83 kW/ m2/annum. The compact form of the building and orientation of the class bases promote a passive approach to design and provides an energy efficient solution to a complex campus.

In Pictures: BDP's community campus in South Ayrshire opens

Lindsey Mitchell, architect director at BDP, said: “It’s so gratifying to be able to improve the learning experiences for young people across Scotland and this unique design offers a dynamic setting which has the needs of the pupils at its heart. It provides stimulating flexible spaces which will encourage and inspire those who use it as well as delivering a community space for the people of Maybole. It’s wonderful to see the buildings come to life.”

The project was part funded through the SFT Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP).

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