Waid Community Campus has won the Project of the Year at the Education Buildings Scotland Awards. This is the second year in a row that a BDP designed project has won this prestigious award, following last year's success with Marr College in Troon. BDP’s Faith Schools' Joint Campus was also on the shortlist for the award this year.
The Waid is situated in the coastal town of Anstruther in Fife, and the council’s idea was not simply to replace the ageing school but to be bold and create something far more diverse, welcoming and beneficial for the entire community.
Conceived as a learning barn its three storeys reflect the massing, materials and colour selection of the local vernacular. Along with a primary school the campus also contains the town hall, local library, community café, adult education space, enterprise kitchen, conference facility, police office and project space all clustered around the central atrium.
Waid Community Campus was officially opened by Deputy First Minister John Swinney in a special ceremony in February this year. Mr Swinney said: “Waid Academy has been at the heart of the East Neuk throughout its 150 year history and this new building has extended that role in new and exciting ways, hosting a wide range of community facilities all under one roof. I am very impressed by the way the building’s cutting-edge design complements the ethos of openness, inclusiveness and welcome which Waid Community Campus offers.”
BDP was architect, landscape architect, interior and graphic designer for the £19.5m building.