Knockroon Learning Campus Cumnock, East Ayrshire, UK
Sheppard Robson’s 23,000m² Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus in East Ayrshire 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.
Externally the design of the building has been carefully considered to provide a development which is sympathetic to the largely residential context. The articulation of each block, through the pitched roof profile, helps to break down the mass of each pavilion further. Different punched window expressions help to reinforce the individual use of each block, providing a subtle variation across the facades while maximising the use of standardised components.
- East Ayrshire Council
- 2,200 m2