St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor

Considered detailing enhanced by a high standard of workmanship

St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor
St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor Credit: Richard Watson

d-on architects for Trustees of St Bronagh’s Primary School
Contract value: £2m
GIA: 1,488m²
Cost per m²: £1,343

The long low building of St Bronagh’s Primary School is modelled in a restrained and structured contemporary architectural idiom, with a timber clad lower front section reading against a taller rendered section. There is considered detailing throughout, enhanced by a high standard of workmanship.

  • St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor.
    St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor. Credit: Richard Watson
  • St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor.
    St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor. Credit: Richard Watson
  • St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor.
    St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor. Credit: Richard Watson
  • St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor.
    St. Bronagh’s Primary School, Rostrevor. Credit: Richard Watson
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The plan hinges through 45º, with the taller multi-purpose hall accommodated down a slope. Its seven south-east-facing classrooms have large glazed openings that provide atmospheric frames to the mountains beyond. Roof lights pop through the roof, allowing light deep into the plan and reducing the building’s energy requirement. Pupils were also involved in painting the roof cowls to add their own mark to their school.

Liam McCormick Prize
Sustainability Award sponsored by Geberit
Project Architect of the Year Paul McMahon sponsored by Taylor Maxwell

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