Sustainable and placemaking principles to the fore at new £16m Aberdeen primary school


CONSTRUCTION of the £16 million Scott Brownrigg-designed Milltimber Primary School in Aberdeen has been completed.

Designed for Aberdeen City Council, the new facility, built by Robertson, offers increased capacity for 434 pupils and an additional 60 Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) places.

Scott Brownrigg explained that, following the success of the practice’s design for Stoneywood Primary School, the design is conceived around ‘strong sustainable and placemaking principles’. A cross-laminated timber structure was chosen for its ‘attractive aesthetic, durability, and sustainable credentials’.

Meanwhile, four teaching pavilions are arranged to provide classrooms with safe and direct access to the outdoors. The reception and assembly hall form a formal frontage to the public-facing side of the school.

Enhanced outdoor play spaces and PE facilities are said to promote health, fitness and wellbeing, and improved opportunities for outdoor curricular learning and social interaction.

Milltimber Primary has been shortlisted for a cladding award for its use of fibre cement panels. The school has been nominated in the 2022 RCI Awards for its use of Equitone Tectiva fibre cement cladding, supplied by Vivalda Scotland.

William Barlow, branch manager at Vivalda Scotland, said, “The choice of 8mm Tectiva in a warm sandstone provides a very tactile, safe and yet weatherproof external façade for this important building. We worked closely with Avtech Solutions in Dunfermline to provide a seamless façade solution that would fit into the project’s tight construction timescale. To achieve this, we fabricated the cladding offsite, cutting the Tectiva panels to meet exacting tolerances. In the end we think this partnership has created a stunning external shell for the new school.”

Tectiva TE30 is described as a sandstone-coloured fibre cement material that provides a matt finish that is also tough and hardwearing.