Boclair Academy

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East Dunbartonshire Council




130 weeks


Ryder Architecture

New state-of-the-art educational building, built to create an inspirational and stimulating learning environment.

The new Boclair Academy was envisaged as being an environment designed to support collaborative approaches to teaching, learning and working.

The design approach was key in supporting young learners to become successful, confident, responsible learners and people, capable of making an effective contribution to learning inside and outside their school environment.

East Dunbartonshire Council were keen to ensure that teachers were enabled and encouraged to embrace the spatial design of the building, using the spaces in the building to deliver their teaching in alternative and more informal ways throughout the school.

A new two-storey building was created delivering a state-of-the-art learning environment for 1050 pupils. This building was created in the grounds of the existing school with the previous building being demolished once construction had finished.

The Council were keen that pupils could see the pupils in other years, learning and working together throughout the school. This design approach was instrumental in encouraging and supporting students during their learning journey but also provide an inspirational and flexible learning environment for teachers.


Phase 1 of the project, which was the completion and handover of the new school building, was completed on-time and within budget. Phases 2 and 3 followed comprising of the demolition of the previous school and establishment of the new school pitches.

The planned works to the existing 3G pitch were originally scheduled for phase 2 but instead were re-sequenced to ensure the pitch was completed for the pupils returning to the new school.

From the start of the new school term, pupils benefitted from a new modern educational facility which features a large entrance atrium, flexible learning zones, performance spaces and dining areas.


pupil capacity


local jobs sustained and created


CCS Outstanding rating


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From the offset we have been involved in the design and construction journey of our new school and to see our ideas and suggestions come to fruition has been fantastic. Our young people are absolutely thrilled with their new school and I know they are going to thrive in this stunning building which is truly fit-for-purpose.

Douglas Brown

Headteacher at Boclair Academy

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