Dunfermline High School has been educating the children of Dunfermline since 1468, with the building dating from 1939 now making way for a new £40million school. The ‘green’ school includes a sports hall, two gyms, dance studio, mini theatre workshop, library and conference accommodation, reflecting a design brief created by the school community and executed by Fife Council.
Built by main contractor BAM Construction in the north-west corner of the existing playing fields, the environmentally-friendly 17,700sq m high school has a projected occupancy of 1,800 pupils.
Sustainable initiatives at the site include the use of solar panels, rainwater collection and 40% of the heating will come from renewable sources. There will be monitors in all classrooms to ensure a balanced supply of fresh air and a wind turbine on the campus will deliver electricity to the school. Water-saving devices will also be fitted and it is hoped that these methods will play an important role in the school achieving a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’