Associated external works, play areas, connecting access, landscaping, and secured car parks were included within the scope of works. As part of the initial tender bid we explored key design aspects, for example floor plans, elevations, and providing evidence on a suitable location for future expansion.
The library and one of the SEN rooms are located at the centre of the building to create a ‘heart-space’ for the school. St Luke’s main hall also looks to provide a focal point from both the Northern and Southern entrances, whilst providing secure access for after school activities.
Teaching accommodation for Key Stage One (on the ground floor) and Key Stage Two (on the first floor) is grouped to create the opportunity for cross working between classes. Lighting within the classrooms has been designed to ensure it is sympathetic to the specialist needs of the space. Hybrid ventilation units have been installed to optimise natural ventilation within the classrooms. The main staircase allows for a double height atrium space which wraps around the passenger lift, minimising additional floor space. This area is finished externally with corner curtain glazing which allows natural light in whilst also adding architectural interest.
The main entrance to the nursery has been placed so it gives complete separation from the primary school. Each playroom has external access to covered play areas, allowing free flow movement between the spaces.
Elevational treatments to the primary school and nursery use a similar material palette; brickwork and composite grey timber cladding. Brickwork was chosen to blend in with the surrounding community areas. The addition of soldier course and protruding brickwork detailing adds interest whilst also linking to the former Runwell Hospital administration building which is in close vicinity of the site. Aluminium boxing and entrance canopies also match the aged copper colour found on the adjacent former Runwell Hospital clock tower. These features give clear definition and direction from the plaza to the main pupil entrance of the school. The main visitor entrance uses the contrasting composite grey timber cladding. Matching canopies for the primary school and nursery signify the main entrances whilst also tying the two buildings together.