“The team at Concertus worked with us to design a school that would not only accommodate 420 pupils quite happily, but also gives us increased space to be able to develop the school as a community facility. Their innovative design has provided us with a wonderful learning environment for pupils, whilst also taking into account the needs and wishes of experienced staff. It is a fabulous building to teach and learn in, leading to an improvement of pupil attainment.” - Rosie Campbell, Headteacher, Westfield Primary Academy
The Brief: Concertus was asked to design and project manage the building of the new Westfield Primary Academy in Haverhill. The school was required to accommodate 420 pupils, provide community facilities and have sustainable features.
The Aim: There was a requirement for both indoor and outdoor teaching spaces, as well as community access to the main hall and studio, changing rooms and accessible toilet throughout the day whilst remaining secure from the rest of the school.
The Scope: The school was completed on time and to budget even though there were significant archaeological investigations at the start of the project which revealed evidence of Bronze Age and Iron Age activity. Our design team worked closely with the client throughout, and the project was managed in collaboration with all stakeholders.
The Result: The award winning building’s design incorporates the principles of passive ventilation including high level windows and secure ventilation boxes within low windows to allow for night time cooling. Large overhangs provide covered play areas and outdoor teaching spaces as well as offering solar shading to prevent glare and overheating in the internal spaces.
The project was developed in conjunction with Samuel Ward Academy’s new block for year 7 and 8 pupils. As a joint project the school includes an energy centre housing a large biomass boiler providing heating for both buildings.