St Columba's School, Kilmacolm

New build single storey structure formed around two existing Georgian villas, extending the school to provide 11 new state of the art classrooms, teaching and support facilities around a feature internal “street” and external courtyard

The building works involved significant rock removal which had to be timed to suit school activities, before drains and foundations could be formed. The villas were in a poor state of repair with both being virtually stripped out to a shell and new floors and rooms formed and fitted with stairs and lift shafts.

The rear of the extension was excavated into the ground of neighbours’ gardens with retaining walls and new random stone walls formed, before hard and soft landscaping and areas being handed back to delighted neighbours.

Complications of sprinkler requirements caused some late changes to the construction, all of which was overcome to meet term time requirements and ensure a delighted client.

Client: St Columba's School
Architect: Burnett Bell
Value: £4.5m