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New artist’s impressions revealed for proposed Aberdeen primary school

Artist's impression of the new Milltimber School by architects Scott Brownrigg.
Artist's impression of the new Milltimber School by architects Scott Brownrigg.

Designs for a new primary school in Aberdeen have been unveiled.

Milltimber Primary School could soon be replaced with a new-build in a new location to cope with its growing roll.

Aberdeen City Council has previously costed four new primary schools in Milltimber, Tillydrone, Torry and Countesswells at £100million.

And now the designs of the new building, which has been modelled on the success of Stoneywood School, have been revealed.

The 150,695 sq ft site will consist of 14 classrooms and activity spaces, and aims to accommodate the 342 students by 2023.

There are 253 youngsters enrolled at the school, which has a current capacity of 270.

There would also be a range of new outdoor spaces for youngsters to engage with nature and areas for quiet play.

The outdoor classroom will allow children to learn about food production and planting their own crops and a selection of fruit trees will form a small orchard.

It will encourage “learning, healthy eating, food and environmental awareness”, and will include a bug hotels and bird boxes.

Land within the Oldfold Farm development has been identified for the project, and work could start as soon as August 2021.

In a design statement, architects Scott Brownrigg state: “The design of pocket spaces respects the need for personal space, and caters for the different spaces and opportunities children need for social interaction.

Artist’s impression of the new Milltimber Primary School’s playground by architects Scott Brownrigg

“These offer a stillness and calm, making use of colour, texture and seasonal planting.”

A report by Education Scotland previously highlighted that Milltimber School does not have the “capacity required to accommodate the expected increase in pupil numbers”, and that the current location is not suitable.

During a public consultation in May, the main concerns raised were about how the new design would meet the future needs of pupils and the fate of the existing building.

 

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