Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary Academy

“I am delighted to see the project come to fruition. The centre provides a fabulous environment for pupils to develop independence, confidence, flexibility and positive attitudes to life learning which starts in the very earliest stages of their academic life.” – Gail Jerman, Academy Head of Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary Academy

The Brief:
We were appointed by our client to deliver a standalone Early Years’ provision at Yoxford and Peasenhall Primary Academy to meet increasing needs for pupil places. Through a collaborative engagement process with the end-user, client and key design team members, the brief was developed to provide a ‘Centre of Excellence’ to inspire 21st century learning.

The Scope:
Flanked by residential development, the building form has a double gable roof which resembles 2 beach huts side by side. The design is inspired by the local vernacular and surrounding seaside villages.

Our design for the Early Years’ centre included 2 classrooms, an activity area and toilet facilities. Teaching spaces feature large whiteboard walls for collaborative learning. Organic forms are represented within elements such as the flooring. These mimic water ripples in the sand and are used for way finding and identification of space. The vibrant colours are used to identify zones and create a welcoming and inspiring environment for Early Years pupils and staff members.

The Result:
The building features include large vaulted ceilings in the classrooms and activity area. The space also benefits from large windows providing maximum daylight penetration, helping to aid wellbeing and learning. Intelligent lighting has been incorporated to ensure the pupils have sufficient light during the winter months and to help reduce energy consumption. The new facilities have given the academy an opportunity to inspire students and staff, as well as providing a training centre for Early Years Practitioners.