A state-of-the-art Aberdeen school has scooped two prestigious architecture awards.
Stoneywood Primary School, which was designed by firm Scott Brownrigg, has been crowned winner of two Aberdeen Society for Architects (ASA) awards.
It took the Public Building of the Year and Innovative Use of Timber – the Wood for Good award.
The building was designed around a heart concept, with “lantern” teaching pavilions around an activity area, which is circled by classroom teaching spaces.
All the classes have access to the outside environment, which includes a sensory garden and orchard, alongside a 4G sports pitch.
The £13 million development was one of a number of new schools to be built in Aberdeen in recent years and officially opened its doors to pupils after the summer holidays last year.
It was funded through the local authority’s five-year capital programme.
Co-leader of Aberdeen City Council Douglas Lumsden said: “This is wonderful news and fully deserved as Stoneywood School is a very impressive new building displaying great attention to detail by architects Scott Brownrigg.
“The design has created a wonderful environment for pupils and staff as well as for the wider community.
“We are immensely proud of our £78m investment in fantastic new schools such as Orchard Brae, Lochside Academy and the new Stoneywood School, each of which has given pupils access to the best possible facilities.”
Stoneywood School, which is located on the site of the former Bankhead Academy, also has a 60-place nursery.
The single-storey building’s design is based on sustainability.
It was designed to be calm and spacious, as well as being modern and promoting a natural, healthy learning and working environment for pupils.
Alex Donaldson, director of Scott Brownrigg in Edinburgh, said: “We are delighted by this recognition. While we worked tirelessly to ensure our architecture has a calm contolled light and airy aesthetic, the fact that our technique in working with timber has also been acknowledged makes this double award all the more meaningful.”
ASA aims to raise the profile of good quality architecture in the area, to showcase some of the city’s outstanding buildings and the contribution they have made.
All types of projects are accepted into the competition, whether new or adapted.
Winners were recognised in a number of categories including public buildings, commercial buildings, residential buildings, conservation, regeneration and the innovative use of timber.