Merkinch Primary School and Family Centre in Inverness, UK took home two awards at the Learning Places Scotland Awards dinner [Nov 23], winning the Innovation in Delivering a Sustainable Learning Space and Innovation in Delivering Value categories.
Merkinch is the first school in the Highlands, and largest school in Scotland, to be built using a cross-laminated timber frame (CLT), which is more sustainable than traditional construction methods. The decision to use a hybrid glulam and CLT frame rather than the original steel frame was made following consultation with The Highland Council and resulted in a 60% reduction of whole-life carbon in the project.
Appointed by Robertson Construction Northern, NORR designed this large extension to the existing Merkinch Primary School, originally built in 1876, to future-proof the building for generations of students.
“We are proud to see Merkinch Primary School and Family Centre win two awards,” says Bruce Wright, project associate at NORR. “Creating this large contemporary extension that complements the original Category B listed Victorian school came with its challenges, but that made it even more rewarding to see the reaction of the pupils when they entered the building for the first time”.
“It has been a privilege to work with The Highland Council and Robertson to create a school, using sustainable methods of construction, that will support future generations within the community.”
Photo credit: John Paul Photography / Robertson Construction Northern