Riverside Primary School, passivhaus primary school in Perth.

Riverside Primary School, Perth


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Perth and Kinross Council
October 2023
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One of the first Passivhaus primary schools in Scotland

Robertson has delivered Riverside Primary School — an award-winning low carbon primary school which is helping young people reach their full potential and supporting our customer’s journey to net zero.

Riverside is the first primary school in Perth and Kinross, and one of the first in Scotland, to be built to Passivhaus standards, where energy-saving measures are an integral part of the design.


primary pupils


nursery pupils


ASN places

A highly energy-efficient school

Robertson led the design team to progress the school to achieve Passivhaus standards. Close collaboration from an early stage was key, as was attention to detail around many aspects of the building including building form and orientation, facade design, building fabric construction, materials and detailing.

4,254 m2

of internal area

steel frame


50% less energy use

than a similar school

We appointed a dedicated in-house Passivhaus champion to our team, deepening our expertise in meeting the strict efficiency requirements and boosting our capability to deliver more energy-efficient schools in the future.

Now complete, the school makes a key contribution to Perth & Kinross Council's work to tackle climate change.



58.2 kWh/m2 / a

energy usage
(adjusted for GIFA)

15.92 Kg CO2e/m2

EPC predicted

A carefully phased project

The project was scheduled in two phases. Preparatory works began in summer 2021 with the demolition of the nursery at North Muirton Primary School. Nursery children at North Muirton joined their peers at Balhousie Primary School while construction progressed – which was the first step in merging the two school communities.

Perth & Kinross Council has committed to building forward better by adopting Passivhaus standards for this new school. As the delivery partner of choice, we will be working closely with the local community whilst creating a facility that they can be proud of, and that will herald a change in the sustainable delivery and lifecycle of educational projects in Scotland.
Kevin Dickson
Regional Managing Director

Project team

Architect: Architype

Project manager: hub East Central Scotland

Principal contractor: Robertson Tayside

Civil & structural engineer: Goodson Associates

M&E engineer: Baker Hicks