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Muirkirk Primary and Early Childhood Centre

Muirkirk Primary School provides a bright, modern and well-designed environment for a growing school population. The new building incorporates an Early Childhood Centre to accommodate the near doubling of Early Learning and Childcare entitlement in Scotland from 2020 and dedicated spaces for community use and shared sports and event facilities.

The design of the building was undertaken primarily by East Ayrshire Council’s in-house architect’s department and was then developed by Anderson Bell Christie Architects working as consultants to Ashleigh (Scotland) ltd, the Design and Build contractors. This design is based on Scotland’s Schools for the Future’s exemplar project at Lairdsland Primary School in Kirkintilloch, adapted to suit the much smaller roll at Muirkirk and to take advantage of the particular topography of the site and the dramatic views across to Cairn Table to the south. It features a bank of classrooms to the south façade benefiting from access to a shared covered external balcony and access to a top-lit central breakout space. Services, community rooms and offices stretch along the north side of the breakout space and the building is anchored by the larger volumes of the hall and the Early Childhood Centre at either end of the central space.