The practice’s design for Aston University’s Adrian Cadbury building has been recognised in the Guardian’s prestigious ‘Buildings that Inspire’ awards. The award is given to University buildings that make the greatest difference to the lives of students.
Work is progressing on the construction of new facilities for Winchcombe School. The refurbishment and extension of the hall space has been completed, providing a new connection to the School’s quad space. Currently work is focused on the extension of the science department and the new sports hall.
Main contractor, E G Carter are due to complete the works in 2021.
Above, site photos of the sports hall taken 5th November 2020
Gloucestershire County Council has granted planning consent for the application to expand The Cotswold School in Bourton on the Water by one form of entry. Robothams have acted as the agent for the planning application as well as designing the elements of the scheme.
Robothams were appointed in 2019 by Speller Metcalfe and Gloucestershire County Council to design a one form of entry expansion to the ‘Outstanding’ Academy school in the Cotswold village of Bourton on the Water. The practice engaged with the school to define the brief undertaking a BB103 analysis of the existing accommodation and analysis of the site. Our initial assessment identified the need for enhanced / expanded science accommodation, additional general teaching rooms and a shortfall in sport facilities.
The scheme will therefore deliver a new 10 classroom building including resources base and staff accommodation, an additional science laboratory and a new activity studio and changing rooms. The practice sought and gained planning consent from Gloucestershire County County Council with a start on site made in September 2020.
In addition to meeting the requirements of the functional brief the building needed to address the Cotswold vernacular and the context of the sites location in the AONB. The facades combined render, architectural masonry and standing seam metal roofs to complement earlier developments at the school and meet local authority requirements.
The buildings will also meet the County Council expectations that new facilities should exceed the energy and thermal performance set out in the building regulations with integration of renewables and enhanced building envelope.
A planning application has been submitted for extensions to Winchcombe School to support its expansion by one form of entry. Robothams undertook a BB103 analysis of the existing accommodation concluding that there were shortages of sport, science, SEN, DT and dining facilities. In addition the project would include improvements to the reception area to strengthen the school’s safeguarding approach.
The school is located on the edge of the town close to the neighbouring village of Greet and visible from the wider Cotswold landscape. Extensions have been designed to sensitively sit within the wider context and compliment the existing facilities.
Above, computer generated images of the proposed sports hall, a significant element of the expansion project.
Robothams have been working with a charitable school in Hackney to create a brand new school for 120 children, combining a nursery with an SEN school. The new school had received planning consent in 2007 and 2015 however the trustees appointed Robothams to take a fresh look at the design and ensure it accorded with the guidance of BB104.
The Side by Side school will move from its current site on Big Hill near the River Lea to a new site on Arbor Court near Clissold Park. The design consist of accommodation across four floors with external play space at the rear and at roof terrace level.
The project is anticipated on site in 2020.
Above, the site with adjacent housing in the background.
Above, CG images of the proposed school across four floors.
The 1st May 2019 saw the grand opening of Aston University’s new students union building. The event brought together the whole team who were involved in delivering this vibrant new addition to the University’s campus, and facilitating the continued redevelopment of its city centre home.
Robothams Architects have led the design team both on the construction of the shell and its fit-out ready for occupation in the coming months. The scheme has been delivered using a design and building contract with Clegg Construction.
More details are available on our website at the building’s project page.
Abingdon & Witney College’s new Livestock Technology Centre has completed on site. The project which includes the construction of a new indoor riding school will extend the College’s potential to integrate technology into their courses. It features both a large practical space, changing and bio-security areas and a theory teaching room.
The new building will be used to teach animal husbandry across a wide range of livestock. Working closely with the farm manager and the Head of the Faculty the fit out was coordinated with the shell building to create a facility that both reflected a real work environment and had the IT infrastructure to support the technology.
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.
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.
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.