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Inverclyde Academy

Livingston Eyre was part of the team involved throughout the design and construction of two schools that were to be exemplars for future PPP projects in Inverclyde.  This new secondary school sits on the busy Inverkip Road. The design concept aimed to keep teaching areas as far from the road as possible.  School buildings are therefore arranged along the north side of the site, leaving room for protective screen planting and acoustic earth shaping along the south side.

The courtyard between the school building wings creates sheltered, intimate spaces for outdoor learning and socialising. Paving is divided into contrasting warm colours, the geometric shapes emphasised by rectangular block seats and seating-walls.  The paving becomes punctuated by areas of lawn leading out to wider grass areas. 

New grass pitches and a Multi Use Games Area were provided, and the scheme features a wind turbine to exploit the site’s exposed climate.  The habitat garden, and its outdoor classroom, are accessible to pupils only under supervision. The school plans to grow produce there in the future.

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with: Studio E Architects for: Inverclyde Council status: completed 2009

Green Apple Award: National Gold Winner Scotland 2009 Green Apple Award: Scotland National Green Champion 2009