Anderson High School

New four-storey high school in Lerwick



Contract Value



Ryder Architecture


hub North Scotland





Anderson High School in Lerwick comprises of a new four-storey school.  As one of the largest buildings in Lerwick it can accommodate up to 1,180 pupils and includes a three-storey 100-bed residential building, designed by Ryder Architecture.

The main school building has a central atrium space and surrounded by a wrap of teaching spaces with classrooms situated around the external façade which allows natural light deep into the rooms. The atrium space brings natural light into the centre of the building and also provides a social hub for the whole school.

Within the 3-storey residential building there are a range of social rooms on the ground floor, from large communal games rooms, to lounge sized television rooms, to individual study booths and music practice rooms.

DSSR have developed the design from first principles with particular emphasis on daylight, reduced energy consumption and occupant comfort. This focus has involved the extensive use of dynamic modelling to help guide the M&E design.  Both buildings have their heat source provided via a connection to the Lerwick District Heating System.

Interior Image courtesy of Ryder Architecture