BDP secured double success at the Learning Places Scotland 2023. The prestigious event recognised BDP's commitment to creating exceptional educational environments, with two of its nominated projects receiving accolades for outstanding design and contribution to the learning experience.
Prestwick North Education Campus was honoured with the Pupil/Student Experience award, highlighting its transformative design focused on enhancing the learning journey for students. The campus, located at Sherwood Road in Prestwick, has redefined the traditional concept of a school with open, flexible spaces replacing conventional corridors. The new joint campus with associated early years fosters a sense of togetherness, with indoor and outdoor spaces promoting collaboration. Natural daylight floods the space, creating a healthy learning environment, while biophilic colours contribute to a calming ambience.
The Newmains & St Brigid's Community Hub picked up the Inspiring Learning Spaces award, recognising its commitment to creating dynamic and engaging environments for education and community interaction. A collaborative effort with North Lanarkshire Council and Hub South West Scotland, the hub unites Newmains Primary School, St. Brigid's Primary School, and the Newmains Family Learning Centre.
Exceeding user expectations, the hub offers diverse experiences for pupils, staff, and the community. The design adapts to the evolving needs of the school community, supporting 21st-century teaching and learning with flexible spaces. BDP's design, accommodating more than 600 pupils and community members, features a dynamic array of teaching wings around a central shared space. The building serves as a vibrant social centre, encouraging pupil interaction and a sense of community.
In addition to these accolades, BDP was Highly Commended for Architectural Practice of the Year.
Lindsey Mitchell, Architect Director at BDP said: "It's a remarkable achievement and a true testament to our team's commitment to ensuring high quality, innovation and collaboration in all our projects. My congratulations go out to all those involved, and I thank our entire team and our partners for all their hard work and dedication in striving to improve the learning experience for thousands of young people across Scotland."