Ellon Academy


The new Ellon Academy, which accommodates 1400 pupils, is situated on a greenfield site north of Aberdeen and has a large catchment covering the surrounding area. The requirement for the school stemmed from an increasing population and responded to planned residential expansion on the outskirts of Ellon. A pedestrian and cycle link was created across a new footbridge over the River Ythan linking the school grounds to Ellon’s riverside walkway.


The main building is arranged around two impressive atria. Teaching spaces are arranged around these atria on three floors. All classrooms are located on external walls to maximise daylight and provide a naturally ventilated solution.


Ellon Academy benefits from extensive sports facilities including a fourcourt sports hall, two gymnasia and a fitness suite. A 25m swimming pool and training pool have been included to benefit both the school and local residents, as well as generous community accommodation and a small satellite teaching facility for Banff and Buchan College.

Client FMP / Aberdeenshire Council
Contact Paul McClements
Dates  Completed 2015
Value  £32m
Floor Area  17,800 sqm
Services  Architecture, Interior Design