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Scottish Futures Trust / East Renfrewshire Council


Eastwood High School is a new state-of-the-art secondary school constructed on the site of the existing school in Newton Mearns, Glasgow.

The project comprises the replacement of the existing education facilities with a new teaching block, together with the alteration and extension of the existing Community Sports block and swimming pool building. 

Located within a large rural site, surrounded by mature trees, the new teaching block is predominantly three stories high with a fourth storey to the rear portion of the block, designed to accommodate 1,220 pupils.

The school design is based on a learning hub concept with the school’s teaching spaces wrapped around a bright and open central atrium which combines teaching, learning, and social space. From here, all rooms are accessed by a circulation loop, mostly arranged as an open balcony, activating the upper floors of the atrium and creating a vibrant and dramatic school environment.

The new indoor sports facilities are wrapped around the existing sports building which contains a swimming pool, games hall and associated changing facilities. The extended area includes a new entrance reception, changing facilities, first aid room, dance studio, gym, and large games hall which is overlooked by a first floor viewing gallery.

Diane Leask, Quality Improvement Officer, East Renfrewshire Council said: “Cooper Cromar have been involved in delivering a superb building that provides a flexible, stimulating and inclusive learning environment for both pupils and staff, with excellent state-of-the-art educational & sports facilities. I am sure it will benefit and inspire all who use it and will make a real difference to the community.”

Together with The Lasswade Centre in Midlothian, Eastwood High School is the first exemplar secondary school to be built as part of the £1.25bn Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) Schools for the Future programme.

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