Will Rudd completes engineering work on Edinburgh Learning Center

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Will Rudd completes engineering work on Edinburgh Learning Center



Students at St Crispin’s School in Edinburgh will soon be relocating to a new campus south of the capital, in the Burdiehouse district, after the completion of all structural and civil design and engineering work carried out by Will Rudd (Edinburgh).

St Crispin School, Edinburgh

The new school, which includes a community center for extracurricular activities, weekends and holidays, will provide special education to 72 children, aged 4 to 18, with additional support needs.

Shaped by the site itself, the school’s design features three distinct sections with independent access while remaining connected, giving each of the three age groups access to their own section of a large play area. outside. The building’s wildflower roof respects the surrounding landscape and blends in well with the Sensitive Natural Beauty Area.

To deliver the new structure, Will Rudd’s engineering team designed several solutions for the complex site.

Graeme Fowler, Senior Engineer at Will Rudd, said: “It is always gratifying to see a project completed, especially one that will benefit generations to come by providing a sustained and positive learning environment. Providing good circulation space for children was essential when designing our structural solutions. On this complex site, we designed a lightweight steel frame solution that fits the complex roof profile of the three sections of the building.

“The site is located partly in a floodplain and this dictated the shape of the building where it ‘hugs’ the contour of the flood to ensure that land elevation is limited. The varying levels of the site also posed a challenge due to a high level of made-up earth and varying underlying natural soils. A raft slab solution based on a compacted engineered backfill was chosen as the most efficient solution to address these specific site constraints.

The new school, built on the site of the old Burdiehouse Primary School, is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.


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