This project entailed linking two campuses within one building: the “Gateway Village” for 11-14 year olds and a “Learning Centre” for 14-19 year olds. In addition, it was important that the wider community benefit from the physical presence of the school in the neighbourhood.
Inspired by the notion of the ‘hill-top village’ with its clear identity, profile and boundary, our design incorporates a series of internal and external courtyards that will create a number of destinations, gathering places, teaching spaces and points of interest within the school.
We developed a learning environment significantly improved from what was originally envisaged, and links from education to enterprise mean that the learning resource centre will be able to support wider community use. In addition, our innovative construction solutions offered significant construction advantages.