Turriff Primary School Opens for the New School Year

The new Turriff Primary School opened to pupils in August for the start of the new term. The school replaces the existing Markethill Primary School located close by. With a current school role of 505 primary school pupils, the school has been designed with core facilities to allow the role to extend to 600 in the future.

The concept of the school focuses on the creation of a large central space which is the creative and social heart of the new school. This dynamic space is 11m at its highest point and is flooded with natural light. It is a multi-purpose space incorporating dining, creative activities, a library and community space. A circular music room provides a focal point within the space and features folding doors to allow connections with other activities.

The classroom wings and nursery feature a simple palette of bright coloured furniture against a neutral background of simple tones. The exposed glulam construction gives warmth to the spaces as does the exposed cross laminated timber used for the construction of the sports hall.

Moray Sports Centre gets Planning Approval

Conditional Planning Permission for Moray Sports Centre was granted on 27th June.

Backed by Moray Sports Foundation the 12-acre hub will sit at the heart of a 2,500-home community to the south of Elgin offering a range of facilities including a gymnastics hall, tennis and basketball courts.

Feature curved walls at the main entrance draw visitors into the foyer space. This main space functions as a social dining and relaxing space which changes in nature as it progresses from the public face of the main entrance to the private space of the restaurant.  The main gym halls are located either side of the main foyer space with good visual links created between. Upstairs a gym and studio spaces provide views over the sports pitches to the south and the provision of classrooms allow the teaching of further education within the facility. Externally, a childrens play park, tennis courts, running track and pitches make this a valuable asset to all users within the Moray region.

Work on the cedar timber and white metal clad sports centre is expected to get underway shortly for completion by early 2019.

Royal Train Station – Turf Cutting

Aberdeenshire Provost marks the start of Ballater Old Royal Station redevelopment

The B-listed building, owned by the council, was historically used by the Royal Family travelling to nearby Balmoral Castle and was hit by a fire which broke out in May 2015. The building had been leased to VisitScotland for the last 15 years and housed a Visitor Information Centre, restaurant, museum, clothes shop and photography business.

Halliday Fraser Munro Chief Executive, John Halliday, said: “We are delighted to be working with Aberdeenshire Council and together with the Ballater community as architects on the renewal and repair of the Royal Station. We have been tremendously impressed by the focus and importance of the building to the health and life of the town and the energy and commitment to its renewal that everyone has shown. We look forward to helping it rise from the ashes.”

 

 

Halliday Fraser Munro gets an A+

Anderson Anderson & Brown are delighted to be moving into their new 40,000 sq ft offices today at Prime Four Business Park in Aberdeen.

The offices designed by Halliday Fraser Munro are another excellent example of Grade A BCO standard office buildings on the Prime Four Business Park.

The new building sited on a prominent corner block, has an impressive three story glass frontage. Anderson Anderson & Brown now have an office that will serve them for many years to come.

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