Sited on the bank of the Forth and Clyde Canal in Kirkintilloch, eight miles north of Glasgow, and with an interior colour pallet inspired by a boat that was moored on the nearby marina (which the students had noticed and liked), Lairdsland Primary School by Watlers & Cohen Architects demonstrates that you don’t need a big budget to create innovative learning spaces. And they’re all accommodated in a building that sits very comfortably in its surroundings: indeed, so successful is it that the organisational model that it employs is being used for other schools being commissioned by the Scottish Futures Trust – the arm’s length organisation that delivers infrastructure projects on behalf of the Scottish Government.
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