Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus given the go-ahead
7th June 2017
Sheppard Robson has received planning permission from East Ayrshire Council for the 23,000m2 Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus.
The school - one of the most innovative and exciting school projects to be procured in Scotland in recent years - will house 2,500 students and 300 staff. The student facilities include a secondary school (for 1,633 pupils), a primary school (517 pupils), a nursery (240 children), an 80-place supported learning centre and 30 additional places for students with special educational requirements.
Situated on a 19.8 hectare, urban fringe site – the school consolidates five disparate schools into one campus, creating a centre for education for the towns of Cumnock and neighbouring Auchinleck.
The building has been conceived and organised as four linked structures, with three school pavilions and sports centre. Set on a radial geometry, the design approach helps to break down the overall mass of the building – which is formed of 2 two-storey and 2 three-storey structures – minimising the visual impact of the facility and giving each element of the school its own identity. Positioned within a parkland setting, the running track has been retained on site and upgraded, and public access has been maintained around the site and along the riverside.
The connected elements build upon innovative approaches to learning that the practice has developed over many years, including recent work with the Liverpool City Council. This approach creates an economic and adaptive shell into which different learning and social spaces can be configured. Each of the pavilions feature perimeter classrooms arranged around central atria which form “Learning Plazas.” The latter are dynamic gathering spaces that provide an environment for large group activities, social uses and flexible learning.
The project is anticipated to start on-site in summer 2017, with the building completing in time for the start of the 2019 academic school year.