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Maidenhill Primary School and Nursery


Location Client Size Completion Awards
East Renfrewshire, UK East Renfrewshire Council 4,725 sqm 2019 6

Project details

This new two stream primary school and early years project sits at the heart of the new Maidenhill development in Newton Mearns and accommodates over 400 pupils plus a nursery for 120 children.

Set over two floors, the school is organised around a central atrium which contains interactive zones. A calming internal environment has been designed to accommodate sensory differences. Flexible learning areas include cosy snugs, a birdhouse hideaway for both individual and peer learning, and a larger auditorium. An internal climbing wall, also known as the Maidenhill provides scope for high energy activity.

The early years facility has a circular form, filled with natural light, with a central treetop snug for storytelling and quiet time. There are open plan playrooms with central dining and performance space.

The external environment encourages children to engage with the four essential life elements of earth, air, fire and water with less focus on typical play equipment. The main playground contains a water pump and weirs, play tunnels, bouldering wall, mud kitchen and fire pit as well as a tiered outdoor classroom and social space.


  • Learning Places Scotland Award 2021-Inspiring Learning Spaces
  • RIAS 2021
  • Scottish Design Awards 2020 - Highly Commended Education
  • Scottish Property Awards 2019 - Architectural Excellence
  • GIA Education Award 2019 and Special Award ‘wood for good’

Integrated services

architecture, landscape architecture, interior design