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.

St Philips in Dorridge dedicated by the Bishop of Birmingham

Robothams Architects joined with members of the community to celebrate the dedication of the new church for St Philips in Dorridge.  The building was formally opened by The Right Reverend David Urquhart, Bishop of Birmingham in an event attended by over 400 members of the congregation.

The vicar of Dorridge and Bentley Heath, Rev Canon Duncan Hill-Brown said: “It’s taken years of planning, fund-raising and hard work to reach this opening ceremony.

“I’m thrilled at all that’s been achieved, with a magnificent church and community facility in the heart of Dorridge and Bentley Heath. We welcome local residents to come and see for themselves all that’s going on and join with us in worship and community life.”

More 2,500 people attended a specially arranged open day on Saturday, September 4 to view the new church.

More project details can be found in the projects section of our website.

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.

St Philips Church, Dorridge on site update

St Philips church in Dorridge is progressing well on site with Kier beginning to reveal the scale and design of the worship space created by the Glulam structure. Project lead from Robothams, Jon Moore has taken photos throughout the construction phase including these photos from the 9th April 2021.

Above, photo of the front elevation with the multi purpose community hall in the foreground.

Above, photo of the worship space and curved Glulam structure.

Above, photo of the apex of the Glulam structure under the spire of the church.

For more detail see the project section.

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.

Brooklands Technology Park planning consent granted

Planning consent has been granted for a new technology and business development at Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire. Robothams have acted as architect and agent for the planning application following a design competition held earlier in the year.

The scheme will create 51,000 sq.ft of mixed B1, B2 and B8 floor space with a focus on technology and aviation businesses to complement the airfield’s existing community of companies.

More information is available at the Technology Park’s website link here.

Above, 3D images generated of the development.

Above, photo of the proposed site.

St Philips Church, Dorridge begins on site

Work is now progressing on the new church and community facilities for St Philips and St James in Dorridge. Having worked on the project with Kier and the church for a number of years the whole team are delighted to see construction finally beginning on site.

Jon Moore, leading the project from Robothams said, “this is brilliant news, the start on site has been a real team effort and the new building will make a big difference to the life of the church and the wider community”.

Above, recent image of steel frame being erected.

Above, 3D image of the finished project.

An event was held on site to mark the ground breaking and covered by the Solihull Observer, link here. Delegates included the Bishop of Birmingham, David Urquhart and West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street.

More details on the scheme can be found in our project section.

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.