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The beginning of the school year in late August brings with it an inevitable flurry of summer projects crossing over more major capital projects coming towards completion. Three of these have just got over the line, at the Glasgow Academy, Dollar Academy and St Columba's School Kilmalcolm.

The Glasgow Academy Science and Technology building.

The need to meet current needs and expectations to keep abreast of the most advanced teaching in the sciences has resulted in a significant and substantial new urban block for the Academy.

Surmounting a floor of teaching and lecture spaces and catering for the shared spaces (served cleverly by a new HE lab) is a floor each for Physics, Biology and Chemistry. On each upper floor four general teaching and a sixth year lab are arranged along a glazed break out and bay windowed passage overlooking the main school.

This unique overall setting has benefitted from our briefing and interiors team working throughout with the school to design the break out spaces and furniture provision, graphic working of the glazed partitions and signage in a remarkable bringing together of architecture and interior.

The Dollar Academy Teaching block

Continuing the work to the front landscape setting of the campus and building on the provision of the walkway and all weather hockey pitch, a new teaching building completes the north edge.

Comprising two stacked sets of five classrooms served by an entrance stair and support staff and pupil accommodation, the facility provides a range of teaching spaces for languages.

An offset section determines the character of the building, creating at ground floor a covered walkway and sitting space overlooking the hockey pitch with a cantilevered floating glazed access galleria to the classrooms above. The lower floor is set into the terraced hillside with the offset upper classroom allowing light down into the ground floor rooms. Ventilation chimneys which rise above the mono pitch zinc roof mark the plan extent of each room.

Science Block at St Columba's Kilmacolm

A three storey science block for chemistry, biology and physics has been transformed over an extended summer refurbishment. Two classrooms per floor and technical support have been completely renovated with new services, finishes and lab furniture. The exterior has been insulated and re-rendered with new window screens. Two new extract flues for the Labs in the form of chimneys have been exploited to create the impression of a villa block, an echo of the character of the neighbourhood.

Dollar Academy, entrance approach

Glasgow Academy, ground floor foyer

St Columba's Kilmacolm