BDP is celebrating after being named Architectural Practice of the Year at the Learning Places Scotland Awards.
The awards honour achievements in the Scottish education sector, with this year’s theme being Connecting People, Places and Learning.
BDP saw three of its education design projects shortlisted six times across four categories with Maidenhill Primary School and Nursery scooping the top prize in the Inspiring Learning Spaces category.
Maidenhill Primary is designed around a central atrium which contains interactive zones. BDP explained the ‘calming interior’ environment has been designed to accommodate sensory differences and provides flexible learning areas.
Ayr Grammar Primary School was shortlisted for Project of the Year, while Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr was shortlisted for its interactive learning environment and sports facilities for the wider community to enjoy.
Lindsey Mitchell, architect director, BDP, said, “At BDP, we are passionate about providing educational environments that support and nurture young people and we are incredibly proud to accept the Architecture Practice of the Year award. Every school project starts with extensive consultations with the stakeholders – a process of collaboration that is central to BDP’s way of working. Our aim is to create an inspiring place to learn.
“We recognise the diverse learner population and the different ways people learn and as architects and creators of education spaces, it is our job to design learning and social environments that spark imagination and creativity. That is why the teaching and learning spaces at Maidenhill are agile and flexible.”