Structural challenges included raising internal floor levels to optimise space and remove split levels in parts of the building, the creation of an atrium with an ETFE roof at its heart and the provision of a new external glass stair tower.
The rear of the site was redeveloped to provide a new gymnasium and arts and technology wing, grouped around a large atrium that doubles as a retaining structure to deal with the ground levels. Reinforced concrete retaining walls and pre-cast concrete floors on a steel frame were used to maximise the thermal mass for the servicing strategy.
The result is a stunning partnership between old and new which means Elm Court School now has enhanced space, bright airy classrooms and an energy efficient air handling system. It is attended by more than 100 students, who also benefit from two new buildings for sport, music and drama.