Kirkmichael Primary School, Ayrshire

Following on from the very successful Heathfield Primary School project, Holmes Miller are delighted to have continued our excellent working relationship with South Ayrshire Council in the design and delivery of the new Kirkmichael Primary School which opened in March 2014.

The design approach for Kirkmichael Primary School has promoted a locally distinctive and contemporary design solution which is based upon an understanding of South Ayrshire’s rural character – its landscape, building and settlements and the way in which they interact.

The building form represents our interpretation of disaggregated farm-steadings which have been linked and clustered together in a nucleated form that defines and controls movement through and around the new school building.

The design utilises steep symmetrically pitched roof shapes together with a simple long narrow plan form, typical of most rural locations, and flat, minimally articulated facades with a greater mass of wall to window to sensitively integrate the school into the rural setting and landscape.

External finishes of render, timber cladding, stone and slate roofs have been utilised in a modern contemporary style with clipped edges to minimise complicated interfaces, providing a robust, hard wearing and low maintenance finish to replicate the traditional rural vernacular style prevalent within South Ayrshire.


South Ayrshire Council








Glasgow Institute of Architects Education Design