In recent years, Alford Academy has struggled to accommodate its large yearly intake of new pupils. With existing campus capacity at its limit, a £37 million contract was devised by Aberdeenshire County Council, in partnership with hub North and the Scottish Futures Trust, to create the school’s new Community Campus. The new site accommodates 960 pupils and has brought together the primary, secondary and senior years on a single site next door to the original school building, as well as providing sport and leisure facilities for the wider community.
Main contractor Morrison Construction appointed Glassolutions to provide glazing solutions for the building. The goal was to help create an optimal learning environment for students, choosing glazing products carefully to create a space with excellent temperature control, effective ventilation and plentiful natural light. The concept for the Community Campus was based around the creation of large light and airy spaces, forming a central social hub for students. The spaces are two storeys high, allowing areas to be used flexibly for a variety of purposes as well as letting in a large amount of natural light.
The initial planning application for the development of Alford Community Campus was submitted in April 2013; work began in June the same year, and the building was finished in time for students to return after the 2015 October half term.