The scheme commissioned was for the design and construction of a new two-storey building providing four additional class bases and a studio hall. With functionality in mind, the design ensured that administration and infrastructure areas supported ease of movement and created an easy flow through the primary school. Consultation with the planners and the desire to be sympathetic to the site and local buildings led to the use of red brickwork and slate roof for the main teaching element.
The fully coordinated design was developed in-house using several innovative technologies. ArchiCAD 17 was used to design the project as a whole, with all design disciplines making use of ArchiCAD and hotlinked models. This approach allowed the project to be successfully coordinated. Point cloud surveys were used to provide detailed elevations to provide the information required for the planners. High-quality visuals and a fly-through using CGI technology were produced.
The design of the circulation space and studio hall with a lower flat roof makes it less dominant and the use of curtain glazing provides visual separation between the two main parts of the development.