St Christopher’s CEVAP School

“The facilities provide generous accommodation on two floors which have been planned carefully to meet the needs of children in Key Stages 1 and 2. The school has been designed and orientated to make good use of natural light and ventilation providing a high quality teaching and learning environment”.
Frank Stockley, Senior Infrastructure Officer Children and Young People Services, Suffolk County Council

The Brief: The client required a new primary school that would accommodate the staff and pupils of an existing school, Tuddenham Primary and also meet future demand for primary education in the area.

The Scope: We worked with a range of stakeholders, partners and end users that included Suffolk County Council and Tuddenham Primary School’s headteacher, teachers and governors. We also worked with the Sorrell Foundation to create a pupil client brief.

We then delivered a total design and project management package that would initially accommodate 315 pupils, but allow for an extension to be added with more classrooms at a later date. The school was to be built within the principles of “passive sustainability”, with classrooms making use of natural light and ventilation to keep energy costs down and reduce the carbon footprint of the building. There was also a requirement to incorporate elements of community use as a local hub.

The Result: The school was completed a month ahead of schedule and all requirements of the brief were met. These included –

  • Natural ventilation using high level chimneys
  • Sustainable elements made visible where possible
  • Community access to the main hall and studios, secure from the rest of the school
  • Biomass boilers, PV arrays and low energy lighting
  • Games pitches, informal hard and soft play areas, class garden and external teaching areas
  • Involvement of a Pupil Client Team throughout the project
  • The creation of flexible learning environments to allow for a range of teaching methods

“St Christopher’s CEVCP School was built as the first phase of a project to serve the needs of a new and rapidly growing population. Once the site was secured the school was completed and handed over in less than 12 months.” Frank Stockley, Senior Infrastructure Officer Children and Young People Services, Suffolk County Council