To combat the risks of a site situated within Category 3A Flood Zone, our design raises the school on a podium deck, with car parking and covered play facilities positioned below the buildings.
We minimised the size of the deck by placing two levels of accommodation above, creating a compact design that freed the surrounding areas for generous play, sport and nature activities. Balconies alongside the classrooms provide opportunities for external teaching, overlooking the surrounding landscapes towards the sea. This 2-form entry primary school and nursery has also been designed to expand onto the play deck with minimum cost and disruption.
A highly flexible internal layout has been developed through detailed consultation with the school teachers and governors to suit the school’s curriculum vision and to promote personalised learning through independence.