Boroughmuir High School praised as best urban design school in Europe

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07/06/2013 Written by: Rod Manson

Edinburgh’s newest education facility, Boroughmuir High School, has been labelled as the best urban design school in Europe by the city’s council.

Edinburgh City Council has begun consultations on the new school designs; the facility will be located on a tight urban site in Edinburgh’s Fountain Quay brownfield regeneration site which is adjacent to the Union Canal and will also include a new public park for the city.

Designed by practices Allan Murray Architects and Henning Larsen Architects, the 13,000m² school will accommodate up to 1,165 pupils and has been arranged around a large central atrium space. The innovative design layout will feature a combination of both traditional classrooms and break out spaces for informal learning, and due to space constraints, a rooftop outdoor games area. 

The engineering design provided by BuroHappold will showcase new low carbon technologies, including a gas fired CHP system, external earth tubes to pre-condition incoming air, and photovoltaic panels for on-site electrical generation. The indoor climate has been designed to provide a hybrid mixed mode ventilation solution, using a combination of natural and mechanical systems; the later to combat the effect  external noise has on performance requirements. High levels of daylighting will be achieved by good window design and the internal atrium spaces. The consultancy is also delivering structural and fire engineering, lighting technologies and building physics which consists of computational simulation analysis and sustainable alternative technologies.

Sustainability has been a keen motivator for the school and has influenced the building’s design as well as fabric and material selection. Boroughmuir has been assessed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.

The school is set to open in 2016.

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