Post 16 Centre completed for Sidney Stringer Academy

The extension to Sidney Stringer Academy has been completed ready for occupation in September by the school. Constructed by A M Griffiths the steel frame extension provides a learning centre, social space, classrooms and office for the school’s thriving sixth form. The design responds to the original RIBA awarding building wrapping the poly-chromatic grey cladding around the first floor extension whilst retaining parking for visitors at the ground floor.

The design team included PMP Consultants, Halligan Associates, Shire Consulting, OCC QS and Cundall Acoustics.

Above, images courtesy of PMP Consultants of building prior to fit out.

New entrance building completes, Beaufort Cooperative Academy

A significant part of our design for Beaufort Cooperative Academy in Gloucester has now been handed over to the school by contractor, E G Carter. The new entrance building consolidates arrival for visitors and administration functions into a prominent location on the approach to the school support a wider objective to enhance the image of the school.

The new entrance was opened at an event on the 27th March 2018, by Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Cooperatives UK. Further phases of refurbishment and a new build teaching building are due to be delivered during the summer ready for the start of the new academic year.

More detail is available about the scheme within the Projects section of our website.

Above, Principal, David Bishop with Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Cooperatives UK

Planning approval granted for boarding house upgrade in Bromsgrove

Planning approval has been granted for the extension and refurbishment of Elmshurst boarding house at Bromsgrove School. The scheme also includes the expansion of the main school car park accessed from the Worcester Road.

In addition to proposals to upgrade and enhance the existing board house’s envelope the interior will be substantially refurbished with the addition of en-suite bathrooms and alterations made to the communal social space.

The alterations to the landscaped car parking adds 64 spaces and extends the strategy of enhancing the schools grounds with hard and soft landscape improvements.

The refurbishment of Elmshurst follows that of the Webber building which is due for completion in May 2018, work being undertaken by Shaylor Group.

Above, images of the Webber building

Planning application approved for Agritech Project

A planning application has been submitted to and approved by West Oxfordshire District Council for Abingdon & Witney College’s new Agritech Innovation and Skills Centre at their Common Leys campus near Hailey. The building will provide a highly serviced environment to support courses and research relating to livestock husbandry. It combines theory teaching spaces and a livestock area capable of supporting the latest technology and providing wifi access to portable devices across the campus.

The design provides a space that allows for the care of the animals according to the latest working practices, combined with modern design which uses an ‘agricultural’ portfolio of materials which will reflect the farming context. In providing the new facility the College will also construct a new covered riding school to replace the existing one lost as part of the scheme.

The scheme will be completed for early 2019 by the design team which includes PMP Consultants, Couch Consulting, Halligan Associates and the Richards Partnership.

Above, visualisations generated in 3D modelling software Revit from a model which will also provide all the construction details.

Advanced Skills Centre completes on site

The practice’s first project delivered to BIM level 2 has completed on site. Constructed by Beard Construction the scheme is now being readied for the technical fit out of the technology laboratory and CADCAM workshop. Project architect, Stephen Jackson says ‘it has been a massive team effort with collaboration between designers, client and contractor throughout the process of delivering the scheme’.

Site photos taken during the process of handover.

Wokfresh open for business at the University of Birmingham

Our first project for the University of Birmingham has completed on site with the opening of Wokfresh, an oriental food offering in the centre of the campus. The restaurant was refurbished from the shell of a former bank to create a visually stimulating new place to eat noodle soup, chow mein, bento boxes, dim sum and sushi.

Image courtesy of contractor Seddon.

Planning permission granted for Post 16 Centre

Planning consent has been granted by Coventry City Council for our design to extend Sidney Stringer Academy in Swanswell. The first floor extension will provide a new base for the school’s post 16 pupils including an open study space, teaching rooms, office accommodation and cafe area.

The external cladding extends the vertical striped pattern on the adjacent sports hall and incorporates large windows to Cox Street creating a well lit interior.  Visitors and disabled parking space are retained at ground floor level with pedestrian connections to the school’s main entrance.

Robothams are working with Shires, Halligan Associates, PMP Consultants, OCC and Cundall to create the new spaces for the start of the 2018 academic year.

Official opening of Rendcomb College’s Arts Centre

On Friday Jonathan Suffolk, the National Theatre’s Technical Director officially opened the school’s new arts centre. The Griffin Centre includes a 350-seat auditorium, mirrored dance studio with ballet barres and a sprung floor, dressing rooms, prop and set workshop and costume store. Set into the historic landscape of the school the building is the first to be built on the site for 27 years.

The opening ceremony included performances from the pupils including ballet and contemporary dance in the bespoke dance studio, poetry and an excerpt from the school’s production of Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’.

For more information see the project case study on our website.

Extension to Beaufort Cooperative Academy, Gloucester

Appointed by E G Carter, a contractor based in Gloucester, the practice are currently working on designs to extend an existing secondary school in the Tuffley area of the city. The creation of a development plan for the school has led to the progression of a first phase to create space for an additional form of entry. It addresses shortfalls in science and general teaching rooms whilst also creating a new entrance to the school and improving circulation within the existing building.

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Above, the new entrance joins two existing buildings and identifies a more legible ‘front door’ for visitors.

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Above, the new teaching block will be naturally lit with a mixed mode ventilation system aimed at lowering energy use.

The scheme will shortly be submitted for planning consent and if approved will begin on site with a targeted completion of summer 2018.

Advanced Skills Centre receives planning consent

Planning consent has been granted by Vale of the White Horse District Council for the Advanced Skills Centre at Abingdon & Witney College.  The addition to the College’s Abingdon campus will provide high specification engineering teaching spaces and a base for the higher education courses.

The design continues the themes established by earlier phases at the campus whilst reflecting the site’s adjacency to the perimeter and neighbouring properties. It will be delivered to BIM Level 2 using an integrated Revit 3D model allowing high levels of visualisation and collaboration between disciplines.

It is due to be completed for the start of 2018.

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Above, images of the ASC from the Northcourt Road.

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Above, site layout by the Richards Partnership showing integration of parking and boundary treatments.