Notre Dame Primary School

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Photography credit: © Greg Piechowicz

Special Award

Special Award for Scotland
Sponsored by Glasgow City Council and The City of Edinburgh Council

Level of Award

Special Award



Local Authority Area

Glasgow City


Information about this scheme

This bold adaptation of a Victorian Category-C listed 'Parish School’ building in a popular residential area of Glasgow’s West End has added a nursery school, a double height assembly dining hall, a full height gym hall with library and smaller rooms fitted into intermediate levels. The extension is a confident neighbour to the original school, respectfully following its rectilinear form and colour but in other aspects strikes a quite different tone. Its terracotta rain screen is selectively punctured with a hierarchy of openings ranging from small peep hole windows, a recessed window and a framed projecting picture window. The significant addition of a long raised walkway and linear terrace successfully acts as single large scale gesture that reconfigures the circulation of the original school building by moving the public entrance to first floor. The school is now the newest as well as the oldest building in the locality. The careful repairs to the building envelope, the fully upgraded internal fit-out and restoration of key interior features, and a significant number of designed-in sustainability measures mean that the future of this local landmark has been secured.



Project Management & Design & Glasgow City Council


Glasgow City Council


Glasgow City Council

Inclusive Design Consultant

Project Management & Design

Interior Designer

Project Management & Design

Landscape Designer

Land & Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council

Main Contractor

City Building (Glasgow)


Glasgow City Council

Project Manager

Project Management & Design

Quantity Surveyor

Gardiner & Theobald

Services Engineer

Project Management & Design

Structural Engineer

Project Management & Design


Gareth Hoskins Architects

Fire Engineering



Halcrow Yolles



Civil Engineers


Primary Use Class

Class D1c - Education