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Forfar Community Campus 

New build 16,000m² community campus providing and featuring high quality learning and community use spaces and facilities dedicated to vocational learning courses for up to 1270 pupils.

The teaching facilities are split over three levels and include enhanced performance spaces such as theatre, drama studio, and leisure facilities. The use of these spaces is shared between the school and local leisure users, as well as various groups such as  art / amateur drama society.

The campus accommodates two swimming pools; one 5 lane 25m swimming pool which accommodates competitive swimming events and a 10m pool with floating floor (to 3m deep), suitable for learning and sub aqua diving classes. 

The leisure facility includes a sauna, steam room, gym, fitness suite and games hall which will be run by Angus Leisure. An enhanced school library, digital suite and internet café were also incorporated.

The new community campus was constructed on the existing school site whilst it remained operational.   Following handover, pupils and staff transferred to the new facility, allowing demolition of the existing high school and therein the creation of the new all-weather sports pitch and car parking.

Hulley & Kirkwood undertook and assessed existing utility routes and in conjunction with the network provider developed a plan for the necessary diversion and reconnection of existing utility supplies e.g. power, gas, water and telecoms, to serve the new campus building.

The majority of teaching spaces within the building are naturally ventilated, making use of single sided ventilation via windows and exposed concrete soffits utilising the thermal mass benefits and potential. The games / sports hall is naturally ventilated via ‘windcatcher’ roof terminals.

Services within the classroom are exposed, with coordinated heating via radiant panels, lighting, fire alarm, sprinkler etc. 

Services are zoned to suit building geometry and anticipated use for education, leisure, community, out of hours etc., with principal plant and services located and distributed to provide the most economical solution whilst allowing access for future maintenance.

During the design, extensive studies were undertaken to determine the most suitable low zero carbon technology, and ultimately, natural gas fired combined heat and power unit rated at 100kWe was selected.

Space within the site has been identified for potential biomass boiler plant, should this be an Angus Council requirement in the future.

The inclusion of these features resulted in the building comfortably exceeding the statutory requirements set within the Technical Standards (2013), and achieved the EPC and BREEAM target for the building of ‘B’ and ‘Very Good’ respectively.


  • New secondary school.

  • Working on live site.

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