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Elementary Canal?

How the design of a new primary school in Scotland is helping feed the brain.

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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