Arcadia Nursery at RIAS Awards 2015

Case Studies

Congratulations to Arcadia Nursery and Malcolm Fraser Architects who have won the Best Use of Timber Award at the RIAS Awards 2015.

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) named 12 shortlisted buildings for their prestigious Doolan Award this year, choosing the buildings which they felt represented the best of current Scottish architecture. As well as being shortlisted among 11 other strong candidates, Arcadia Nursery also won the special category Best Use of Timber Award.

The Wood for Good/Forestry Commission Scotland award winning project is inspiring in its imaginative use of wood throughout the building, using cross laminated timber and wood cladding for its structure and external finish with the wood interior providing a seamless connection with the external use of wood in the nursery playground.

The result is a functional, attractive and welcoming series of spaces that provides the perfect environment for learning and play. Everyone connected with this project is to be congratulated.

Craig White, the Chair of Wood for Good

Carefully Chosen Materials

Arcadia Nursery caters for up to 113 children at the King’s Buildings Campus at The University of Edinburgh. Two existing nursery buildings and one purpose-built facility are joined together to create the resulting structure. The nursery is designed to be a very low-energy building and uses no mechanical cooling or ventilation. This means that the materials used in the project were carefully considered, with the selected fabrics being renewable, containing low embodied energy and producing minimal carbon footprint. The BREEAM assessment in the design stage achieved a high score of 82.2%.


Support from NBT

Natural Building Technologies provided technical support both on and offsite, woodfibre insulation products (Pavatherm-Plus and Pavaflex) as well as delivered onsite training during the installation and construction of the nursery. If you would like more information on the materials we provided for this or any other projects, please get in touch.


Images: Angus Bremner

Products used in this project…

Pavatherm Plus, Pavaflex