St Edmund’s, Bury St Edmunds

Client: Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia

Project value: £700,000

Status: Completed 2015

Location: Bury St. Edmunds

St Edmund’s Primary School is a town centre school serving the local Catholic community within West Suffolk, it is also in a partnership with St Joseph’s school in Sudbury. There are approximately 300 children aged from 4 to 9. St Edmund’s Primary is one of the last schools in the area to change to suit the two tier school structure as part of the School Organisational Review (SOR).

The design development stage was fairly straight forward following a number of site option drawings to determine the location of the building and was completed a number of years ago. The form and layout of the building was based on the previous successful “St Felix Module” in Haverhill, the layout has central shared activity space for each of the four classrooms, a separate group room, storage and WC’s in a standalone annex to the rear of the school.

The existing character of the school is a mixture of different styles and materials. The aesthetic of the new annex was set at the very beginning of the project to appear more robust than some of the previous timber clad extensions, and was a key requirement from the school at the time. In order to deal with the sloping site a stepped landscape was designed with integrated slides and soft play surfaces which the children love!