Engineering works complete on new Burdiehouse school

WILL Rudd (Edinburgh) has completed structural and civil design and engineering works at a new campus for pupils at St Crispin’s School in the south of the capital in the Burdiehouse area.

The new school, which includes a community hub, will provide education for 72 children, aged from 4-18, with additional support needs.

The design of the school offers three distinct sections with independent access whilst remaining connected, offering three different age groups access to their own section of a large external play area. Will Rudd said the wildflower roof respects the surrounding landscape and ‘fits well’ with the sensitive natural beauty area.

Graeme Fowler, senior engineer at Will Rudd, said, “It is always rewarding to see a project complete, especially one that will benefit generations to come by providing a positive supported learning environment. Providing good circulation space for the children was critical when designing our structural solutions. On this complex site, we designed a lightweight steel frame solution that accommodates the intricate roof profile of the three building sections.

“The site is located partially within a flood plain and this dictated the shape of the building where it ‘hugs’ the flood contour to ensure land raising is limited. The varying site levels also posed a challenge due to a significant level of made ground and variable underlying natural soils. A raft slab solution supported on compacted engineered fill was chosen as the most efficient solution to deal with these specific site constraints.”

The new school, built on the former Burdiehouse Primary School site, is expected to be complete by the end of this year.