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Keppie lands Orkney Islands schools project

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Keppie has been selected to design a series of projects for Orkney Islands Council’s schools investments programme

The practice will deliver designs for a new grammar school, arts theatre and halls of residence in Kirkwall, a new primary school in Stromness, a leisure pool and squash courts at the Pickaquoy Centre and new all-weather sports pitches in Stromness and Kirwall.

The brief required a considered, value-for-money solution to cater for over 1000 pupils across the grammar and primary schools.

The project is currently at concept design stage, full planning consent is required before the contract is signed in February 2011, with work expected to start on all of the projects shortly afterwards.
Jonathan Jones, divisional director at Keppie in Perth said: ‘Securing the Orkney schools project is fantastic news after what was a rigorous procurement process.  We spent a considerable amount of time on Orkney to gauge opinions of the key stakeholders ensuring we fully understood the aspirations of the local community who would be making use of the new facilities.’

Peter Moran, director of education at Keppie added: ‘We are delighted to have been appointed as part of the project team for the Orkney schools project and believe we have created designs that are not only unique but in-line with the aspirations of the key stakeholders on Orkney including teachers, pupils and the local community.’
Public meetings will be held over the coming weeks to discuss the designs.

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