The extensive design brief was for the development of a new secondary school to replace the existing outdated 1500-pupil facility located on an adjacent site. Core requirements included the provision of teaching spaces tailored to the needs of different faculties; sports facilities; a community theatre and associated ancillary facilities. Due to the scale of this proposal it was felt most appropriate to adopt an open campus type of development, with the buildings clustered around a central courtyard. Matters of sustainability; energy efficiency and low running costs were fundamental motivations in our design approach.
Framed structures have been widely employed with passive ventilation strategies fully incorporated in to the design. The use of recyclable materials or those derived from sustainable sources and sedum roofs also feature prominently in this development. The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and has been given awards by the RICS, the Leamington Society and SCALA.