Brief:To provide a comprehensive PDP of the school buildings and site, which will look at best use of all areas. On completion, to have a floorplan that shows how all accommodation can be suited through a mixture of reorganising and remodelling. Consideration needs to be given to how through extensions, another 180 places can be created at the school although whether these are provided through additional classrooms, specialist accommodation or both, will need to be discussed with the school. Particular attention will also need to be paid to remodelling the front entrance/lobby area, the best location
for the Chapel and how to improve and increase the number of social areas for pupils. The floorplan and supporting text would also explain how the PDP can be implemented in stages as and when funding becomes available. Consideration should also be given to any improvements needed to the external area.
Aims:1. develop a shared vision for the future (refer to the new annex)
2. create a strategy that connects future development with the existing school structures. 3. create flexibility to allow short term changes in teaching methods.
4. create adaptability to suit long term changes in the size/number of rooms.
5. push the boundaries of innovation through design to stimulate pupils and staff.
6. support the community, outside the school day.
7. inclusive design for those with disabilities.
8. ensure a sustainable design that exceeds current standards.
9. create a comfortable teaching environment.
10. create an external landscape that is a key part of the overall design.
180 into 6 classrooms:A linear layout that runs perpendicular to the main identified circulation axis at the front of the school, that incorporates 6 classrooms for 180 pupils. A form that connects with the main street and floats over sociable and lively gathering spaces for pupils and staff.
Light and open, naturally ventilated classrooms are re-connected to a central learning area formed by the extension and upgrade of the library and its new access, at first floor level.
Wide corridors and simple seating areas provide well needed internalised social space for scheduled break times and lunch times.
A design that creates space for pupils to meet and interact.
Library Upgrade:The new linear classroom layout is pulled apart to make a bay of 2 and 4 classes, in the space created a new library entrance is proposed. This space is light and airy lif from the top and animated by a fully glazed window on to the street. This break out space is adaptable, flexible space for learning and social. It also becomes the face of the new upgraded library facilities that are allowed to spill out into the new development, and even made accessible to the general public, outside of school hours. Offering learning opportunities in all locations.
The design allows for improved natural light flow into key subject areas which will undoubtedly enhance pupil performance and enjoyment in lessons.
Step by Step:How to deliver it. A stage plan for when funding becomes available.
“The floorplan and supporting text would also explain how the PDP can be implemented in stages as and when funding becomes available.”
Working closely with the school we will be able to identify which key ideas of the development plan to progress further, in terms of specialist school requirements, deficiencies in subject areas and importance of facilities.
In the meantime we have separated the design ideas into key areas and suggested a hierarchy, dividing ideas into distinct stages, in order to begin to develop a clear understanding of a stage by stage development for the school, that could be implemented when funds become available.
How to manage the existing school operations, whilst works take place?