Broomlands Primary picks up national architecture award

2 primary kids with councillors

Published: Tuesday, 04th June 2019

Broomlands Primary School has been named a Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Award winner.

The £9.7million facility in Kelso was one of ten projects to win an RIAS award, alongside notable national buildings such as the V&A Dundee and Glasgow’s Mackintosh at the Willow.

The 10 winners will form the longlist for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award which is supported by the Doolan Family and the Scottish Government and is announced in October.

New school

The new school was opened in January 2018, and is distinctive for its cantilever roof. It includes:

  • 12 classrooms
  • early years provision
  • games hall/dining room
  • upgraded playground

Borders Building Design Award

Designed by Stallan Brand and constructed by McLaughlin and Harvey, Broomlands has already picked up a Borders Building Design Award last year in the best New Build Non-Residential category.

RIAS Judges

“The internal layout of the school provides a flexible variety of pleasant semi-enclosed and fully open-plan teaching spaces at ground and first floor levels, both of which have direct access to external play areas and the mature landscaped grounds.

“This is achieved at first floor level by integrated external walkways which allow the building to connect seamlessly to the luxuriant outside spaces.”

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People

“There has been very positive feedback regarding Broomlands Primary School since it was opened last year.

“We believe the modern looking building and progressive teaching is providing a learning environment fit for the future and I am delighted Broomlands has now been recognised with a national award.”

Michelle Matthews, Broomlands Headteacher

“Our new school is a wonderful facility that the children and staff have enjoyed learning and working in since we arrived. We are very grateful for the investment made in our local community.”

John Swinney, Deputy First Minister

“My congratulations to Scottish Borders Council, the developers and the school on this accolade. The new Broomlands Primary School campus is a stunning piece of architecture which has attracted a lot of positive feedback from staff and pupils and rightly deserves recognition.

“With funding from our Schools for the Future programme, we are working closely with councils to deliver a new or refurbished school project in every local authority area in Scotland. Pupils and teachers contribute ideas throughout the concept and design process to ensure modern, fit-for-purpose facilities with spaces that parents, staff and pupils can be proud of.”

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