This project comprises the refurbishment, internal re-configuration and extension of St Louise Primary School in East Kilbride as part of South Lanarkshire Council’s five year school modernisation program.
Internally, a former open plan teaching environment has been transformed into a variety of individual classrooms and semi open plan rooms with new external amenity space and modern DDA compliant toilets.
Materials used in the development include a blue coloured render to emphasise the entrance and extension elements, a red Facing brick (Ibstock Himley Mixed Russet), new Concrete roof tiles and Aluminium PPC windows/ doors/ screens. These were chosen to withstand potential vandalism and brighten up the school’s visual appearance.
Rooflights provide high levels of daylight into the existing deep plan floorplate, while security fences with specially designed anti-climb latches improve the schools security.
A number of external landscaping elements were included to increase the schools outdoor learning activities and enhance the sustainability of the scheme, including sustainably sourced timber sleeper planter beds and benches, and a ‘kitchen garden’ area for planting by the School Eco Group which is accessed via a chipped bark pathway from the playground.
Simple log benches within the woodland area make use of felled tree logs from the site, while large rocks taken from site excavation provide additional wildlife habitats and diversity of wildlife.