Kingsmead is a school where the issue of sustainability is underscored throughout the building's fabric and forms a key part of how the pupils learn each day. In turn, other school builders could learn from the lessons it provides.
The scheme includes many low-energy features and uses around a third of the energy normally associated with such schools. Great care has been taken to select natural materials from sustainable sources.
Pupils can remotely access the building management system and are able to monitor classroom temperatures, volumes of rainwater recycled and the amount of energy consumed. Head teacher Catriona Stewart says this helps reinforce a commitment to environmentally friendly practices to staff and pupils alike.
The Judges said:
"Kingsmead is a striking design which deploys timber to good effect, and with a bold canopy roof structure. A warm, learning environment."