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.
Client, Oscar Homes have recently completed the construction of two new family houses in Mickleton designed by Robothams Architects. The four bedroom houses sit in rural surroundings and address the local context and the amenity of neighbours.
Construction work is progressing on A C Lloyd Homes’ residential scheme in Lapworth, on a site bordered by countryside and leafy canals. Robothams Architects have designed the scheme’s 38 new dwellings in a contemporary style drawing on the rural context and using local materials. The houses are generating a considerable amount of interest from purchasers with a sales suite opening in May.