Redevelopment of the school’s facilities, which included three new buildings and the modernisation of an existing educational block, took place over a 9 year period.
The new administration and library block design resembles a suspended spaceship with impressive splayed walls, radius roofing with curved and exposed laminated roof beams, and clear stories to maximise natural lighting.
The purpose built Learning Support Unit was designed for a wide range of special needs student requirements. Built with angled walls, and to a full disability specification, it includes a self-contained unit comprising a lift, classrooms, toilets, caretaker accommodation and outside courtyard areas.
The development also included a new art block and two new classrooms. The art block was designed to provide a wide variety of art projects, including office accommodation and an exhibition room over 2 levels.
In addition, the project also included modernisation of a classroom block, including art and fashion facilities. Work included structural strengthening and a complete replacement of the roof. As is common with school construction, this project required completion within a very tight time frame over the Christmas holiday period.
“The library and administration block are outstanding because the design included lots of technically interesting and challenging construction details such as its circular roof and zinc paneling.“