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Montgomerie Park Primary School, Irvine


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North Ayrshire Council
August 2024
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North Ayrshire Council’s very first Passivhaus primary school

Delivering the first Passivhaus primary in North Ayrshire, the Irvine 12-class school will support the local authority’s Community Wealth Building agenda.

The new primary school in Irvine will accommodate a primary school roll of 342 pupils, and an Early Learning and Childcare class comprising 32 spaces for 3–5-year-olds and 15 spaces for 2-year-olds.

The facility will include a new External Sports facilities including a 3G Football Pitch, MUGA and Playground Area, providing additional amenities to the local community.




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Passivhaus school in North Ayrshire

Passivhaus construction - adding capacity without adding carbon

The new school will use 60-80% less energy than a typical school building, resulting in carbon reduction, and lower operational costs.
Passivhaus is an environmental standard focused on making sure that buildings produce low carbon once built and throughout their lifecycle.
Passivhaus Classic standard requires specialist input and close collaboration between all members of the design team to achieve a high quality, energy efficient building with good daylighting to provide a comfortable, healthy learning environment. 
The high level of thermal efficiency and airtightness requires carefully detailed interfaces which can be realised on site. 
The Five key principals of Passivhaus design are:

  • Thermal Insulation - low U-values.
  • Avoid Thermal Bridging - Continuous lines of insulation and minimising thermal bridging.
  • Airtightness - Continuous airtight outer shell with very low leakage rate (0.6 ACH @ 50PA).
  • Windows - Triple glazing and insulated window frames.
  • Ventilation - Ventilation system with heat recovery to supply consistent, tempered fresh air.

We have delivered many Passivhaus projects across Scotland and regularly support and advise customers embarking on such projects.

Procurement routes and funding models

The new Montgomerie Park Primary School has been procured through hub South West Scotland – a public-private partnership that enables cost-efficient design and construction of community infrastructure within Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway.

Robertson has many years of experience of supporting and offering a range of procurement routes, from regional and national frameworks to long-term sustainable partnerships. These give public and private sector customers a fast route to delivery, and our uncompromising focus on value and quality.

Our place on national and regional frameworks assures public and private sector customers that we will successfully deliver essential, cost-effective, and high-quality infrastructure, and lasting community benefits.

Funding for the project was secured through the LEIP (Learning Estate Investment Programme). A key element of LEIP funding is an obligation for NAC to demonstrate energy performance in use, and following Passivhaus principles is an ideal way to achieve this.