CLASSROOMS flooded with natural light, glazed walkways, a new entrance plaza, subject specific classroom zones and contemporary finishings are just some of the design features proposed by Fife Council in its plans for a £40 million single-site secondary school in St Andrews.
Parents, pupils, staff and the wider communities have been given a glimpse of what the future may hold with exciting, proof of concept drawings depicting how a remodelled and extended Kilrymont campus could look.
The transformation of the present junior school has been welcomed by rector Ian Jones, who said it was “exciting” to see what could be achieved.
Colin McCredie, of Fife Council’s property services, who will be managing the project, told the Citizen:”We have been working very closely with Historic Scotland to ensure that any plans we have for the listed building at Kilrymont will meet with their approval.
“By stripping back the shape and form to the structure we can remodel internally. This will enable us to provide a 21st century standard whilst retaining the existing identity and character of the building. New build elements will reinforce the character of the building which along with the re-clad existing form will give a modern and crisp appearance.
“A new entrance plaza would provide clear routes into and around the building along with contemporary landscaping materials to draw visitors and pupils into the social hub of the school.”
Internally, the building would be almost completely transformed with well-proportioned and pleasant subject specific classroom zones and rooms overlooking breakout and circulation areas. For the first time, the school would have the flexibility, space and technology to support the new curriculum, providing a first-class learning and teaching environment.
The local authority maintain that the proposed new central atrium would open up the school providing a spacious, light, airy, central social hub as areas like these have been shown to be effective in other builds, encouraging student interaction across year groups and learning disciplines.
If the green light is given, Madras College would come together under one roof with enhanced sports facilities and a swimming pool on the same site, enabling young people to complete their secondary education at a single site, say the council.
Rector Ian Jones who, along with staff and students, has played a key role in creating the design concept for the new school, said:”It’s very exciting to see what could be achieved at Kilrymont. We can create a 21st century school with the modern teaching space we need to deliver the Curriculum for Excellence while retaining the sense of history and tradition created by the unique character of the original B-listed building.
“With another public meeting planned for January 12 I hope everyone with an interest will make time to see and hear for themselves what we hope to achieve for Madras and make sure that their views on the proposals are documented.”
The public can have their say on the current consultation by completing an online form at www.fifedirect.org.uk/haveyoursay, by completing a form and returning it to the council by February 10 or by attending the event at Kilrymont on January 12 from 4-8pm.