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Surrounded by mountains in picturesque Fort William is Scotland’s second purpose-built Gaelic school in the Highlands. Set in landscaped grounds, the complex provides a useful hub for the local Gaelic community, and has been designed with plenty of room for expansion as the school roll rises. 

The school has four classrooms, nursery facilities, a community room, art and music room, multi-use hall and offices, arranged around two central courtyards providing further teaching and resource areas. In a nod towards the scree of Ben Nevis and the surrounding hills, the design features an oversized roof clad in sheet metal, while Russwood’s Siberian larch, with a rounded arris profile and fire retardant treatment, provide a warm and welcoming natural contrast. The project was co-ordinated on behalf of contractor Robertson Construction Northern by NORR Consultants. Director Greg Duncan said of Russwood: “Our experience of working with Russwood is long-standing and always positive. Their technical knowledge and understanding of what we are trying to achieve with our projects is outstanding, complemented by their range and quality of products.”

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