Coltness High School is part of North Lanarkshire Council’s “Schools and Centres 21” framework agreement, the project combining refurbishment and new build to provide a remodelled school of 12,000m² for 800 pupils. The overall project cost of £25.70m represents real value in replacing unsustainable accommodation and creating a new asset for the school and community, achieving the client vision of “places and spaces that inspire”.
The critical reconstruction of the school was based on a number of fundamental principles that emerged through consultation in developing the initial exemplar proposals to an appropriate built form. The essential principle was to deliver a safe, stimulating and challenging environment for all building users, providing educational facilities to enhance the school, the community and the surrounding environment.
Traditional and contemporary materials combine in a restrained and pragmatic manner to create a site-specific design within a comprehensive landscape strategy creating a campus with a distinctive visual identity and community presence.