Externally, the render and timber cladding were used to reflect the local palette of colours and materials. The green tiles were chosen to create a vibrant finish which refers to the surrounding green spaces and connects the internal and external spaces.
The landscape design brief was developed with the client and CHET to reflect the Forest School ethos of the academy. This ethos involves encouraging children to be creative and participate in activities in the woodland. Spaces were designed along the existing tree lined boundary using structure planting and subtle level changes to provide dedicated zones for Forest School activities. The timber from trees in the surrounding area was used to create seating, tables and wildlife habitats to further enhance the biodiversity in the pine belt.
A key feature of the successful design is excellent natural lighting. This included rooflights along each corridor to the Main Hall and central Library space. To ensure the light reached all of the levels, a glass balustrade with timber details was constructed to enhance visibility between the floors.