Dunfermline High wins top architectural award

DHSThe newly opened Dunfermline High School has won a prestigious Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) award.

The school was recognised for its innovative use of space, which allows for transparency in all areas throughout the building – an idea aimed at discouraging bullying and improving behaviour.

Another main feature is the internal “street” used to link the three teaching wings, a design that impressed Dunfermline MSP Bill Walker when he visited for the official launch ceremony.

Commenting on the RIAS award, Mr Walker said: “I am delighted Dunfermline High School has won what is now considered to be the most important recognition of architectural achievement in Scotland.

“The flagship new Dunfermline High School is impressive, modern and practical –  an open and inspiring learning environment.”

RIAS makes awards on the basis of what it believes is the key role of architecture: improving people’s lives. Dunfermline High achieves this by enhancing pupils’ daily experience through providing excellent facilities in a simple, navigable plan.

The school also recently received an award from Zero Waste Scotland for its environmentally friendly materials and efficient use of resources.

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