Burntisland is top of the class with two awards for new school

Head Julie Anderson with pupils and staff in front of the new school'. Picture by FPA.
Head Julie Anderson with pupils and staff in front of the new school'. Picture by FPA.

The new Burntisland Primary School building has come out top of the class in not one but two prestigious design awards.

The school won the Ambassador Award of the Dundee Institute of Architects, an honour awarded every year to what the judges decide is the best designed building by architects within the Dundee chapter but built outwith the area.

And the award follows on from the school being highly commended just weeks before in the SPACES Civic Building of the Year Awards in Bristol.

The new school at the town’s Toll Park was designed and the construction project managed by Fife Council’s property services department, with the building work carried out by BAM Construction, including lots of input from the pupils and teachers on what they wanted to see in their new school building.

The Dundee Institute of Architects (DIA) is one of six chapter areas of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. It covers an area stretching from the East Neuk to Loch Earn in the west and from Blair Atholl south to Glenrothes. Architects from Fife Council property services have been active members of the DIA for many years.

SPACES is the Society for Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying. It is a UK wide body promoting quality architecture and construction in the public sector.

Dairmid McLachlan, lead architect in property services with Fife Council, said: “We are rather proud of our people gaining professional recognition at this level.”

Julie Anderson, head teacher of Burntisland Primary School, said: “We all know our school building is wonderful and we all love it, so it is nice to know that other people, including professional architects, agree with us.

“It is now being used by the community too, with the pipe band, a mum’s netball group and the local churches all meeting here, so it is being enjoyed by the whole community as well as our pupils, which is great.”

The building, which features a main hub with wings running off it, was completed in spring of 2014, with pupils moving in last August, and an official opening ceremony carried out by Kirkcaldy’s former MP, Gordon Brown.