Design Awards 2012
Park Mains High School
A new build secondary school for 1400 pupils, with enhanced community leisure facilities, designed through extensive consultation with Renfrewshire Council Education Department and the School to create a fantastic new hub for the Erskine Community.
The strong order of the external warm orange brickwork grid unifies the building, with raking parapets creating dramatic perspective at key corners.
One of the most dramatic aspects of the design is a central atrium defined by a strong grid of timber to compliment the rhythm of the external brickwork. Flooded with natural light from rooflights and glazing that overlook the external courtyard area, this central space is the thriving heart of the school.
Informed by Curriculum for Excellence in school design, the plans include a series of ‘break-out’ spaces outside classrooms that will help to facilitate different kinds of learning environments.