New Aberdeen school scoops award

THE new £16.4 million Milltimber Primary School in Aberdeen has won a prestigious architectural award.

Located within the Oldford Farm development, the school – which was built by Robertson Construction – has won the Aberdeen Society of Architects (ASA) education design award 2023.

The new school offers enhanced outdoor play spaces and physical education facilities to promote health, fitness, and wellbeing, as well as improved opportunities for outdoor curricular learning and social interaction.

With an increased capacity to 434 pupils and an additional 60 Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) places, it also ensures that pupils in the growing catchment area can continue to attend their local primary school.

A success of the design was the in between spaces within the building that have been utilised to create ‘moments’ that can enhance the curriculum delivery. The shape and design of spaces, alongside colourful wayfinding and nature-themed supergraphics, reflect the natural forms of nearby landscapes and help in defining the character within areas of the school.

Convener of Aberdeen City Council’s education and children’s services committee, councillor Martin Greig, said, “The award for Milltimber School is welcome acknowledgement of the council’s commitment to improve and upgrade the school estate across the city. It is especially reassuring that the high standards of design in this new building are being recognised. Careful thought has been given to create appropriate spaces for learning. Every young person deserves the best possible educational environment so there is still much to do.”