Ingleton Wood were commissioned by Hertfordshire County Council, as one of three projects in their Primary Expansion Programme, to develop a 1FE expansion block along with alterations to the existing school building.
Located in the green belt and adjacent an ancient monument, the site provided various complexities that had influenced the design development. The existing school building had been adapted and altered several times in the past. This created several classrooms of poor geometry that had an impact on the learning experience of the pupils.
The school buildings were designed with local external demolitions and internal alterations to reprogram how the space facility functioned. This included relocating and improving the early years unit with an upgraded façade and a new WC extension. Accessibility was also considered and improved to make the school more inclusive and easier to navigate.
The expansion project comprised of an 8 classroom block over 2 storeys with associated support spaces and a multi-purpose activity studio.
We carried out detailed consultation with the Council, the school and all stakeholders to develop a proposal that met the brief and provided a modern functional teaching environment. Throughout the works, the school remained in operation to keep impacts to a minimum.
Our design team and in-house sustainability experts, including BREEAM Assessors, worked closely together incorporating a natural ventilation solution, solar PV’s, low NOx gas boilers and LED lighting to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
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