Ground Floor Social space completes at Aston University

Our team has just handed over a new space for students at Aston University. The area is to offer a range of futureproof, multifunctional space to enable a variety of different learning activities to take place in order to meet students’ varied learning needs and study preferences.  The scheme includes;

  • Formal and informal individual and group work spaces
  • Group working areas with AV provision
  • Designed to allow for potential ‘out of hours’ use

We have worked with a project team including PMP Consultants, Couch Perry & Wilkes, Tracey Kirby Consulting and Interclass Construction.

Above, images of the completed scheme at handover.

Steelwork is signed for posterity at Brockworth

Robothams Architects were amongst those invited to join main contractor E G Carter at the signing of the steel frame at the new SEN school in Brockworth. Representatives of Gloucestershire County Council and Learn@ Multi Academy Trust all put their mark on one of the last steels to be installed.

Some of those attending said;

Sam Carter, Director at E G Carter & Co Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be able to celebrate this significant milestone at Brockworth SEMH. To see the steel frame erected is very exciting, as we can all now see the building start to take shape. This event is a great way to acknowledge this phase of the project.”

Cllr Philip Robinson, cabinet member for economy, education and skills at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “It was a privilege to be able to leave my own personal mark on this new school.

“The new school will create much-needed special school spaces for children in Gloucestershire, and allow them to have the high quality of education they deserve, in a way that is suited to their needs and closer to home.”

The project is covered in the projects section of the website and due for completion in 2022.

Brockworth SEMH School receives planning approval

Gloucestershire County Council have approved plans for the new SEMH School in Brockworth, south of Cheltenham.  The new school will provide 75 pupils places for children with Social Emotional Mental Health needs from across the county.

The project will be constructed by E G Carter and handed over to Learn@ MAT who will operate the new school in Summer 2022.

Robothams Architects will be acting as Architects and Interior Designers for the scheme.

For further details refer to our projects section.

Project completions at Bromsgrove and Winterfold House Schools

This year has seen two further completions at Bromsgrove School and her sister school, Winterfold House School, a preparatory school in Chaddesley Corbett. Both have been handed over despite COVID-19 and within live educational environments.

Completed in October the Ottilie Hild girls day house was a conversion and extension of a former staff common room building. Set within the school’s mature, historic landscape the building faces  the central grassed space.  Contractor E G Carter worked across the school site from summer 2019 until the hand-over of this section in the autumn.

Concept 3D view of the extended building.

Images of the completed project with existing and new build elements.

Earlier in the year O’Brien Contractor, completed a refurbishment of Winterfold House School’s Kindergarten, creating vibrant internal and external spaces.

Above, an image of the refurbished Kindergarten.

Agile working at Aston University

In April 2020 Robothams were commission by the University  to work with PLACEmaking interior designers to design work space and meeting areas to support agile working as a prototype for future development across the campus.  We acted as contract administrator for the projects delivery with Interclass Plc acting as main contractor. The scheme was handed over in October 2020.

Above, photos of the completed scheme.

Aston Student’s Union awards win in The Guardian

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.

Follow this link to the full article.

Completed in 2019 the project was constructed by Clegg Construction. For more details see the project section of our website.

Winchcombe School expansion project on Site

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

Above, a 3D image of the completed sports hall.

Cotswold School expansion receives planning consent

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.

The project is due for completion in 2021.

 

Winchcombe School submitted for Planning consent

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.

New SEN School in Hackney

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.