The scheme has transformed unused office accommodation, Stirling House, into an annexe of Abington Vale Primary School in Cliftonville Road, on behalf of Northamptonshire County Council.
Designed by GSSArchitecture, the project has created flexible, open teaching facilities with informal break-out spaces and group rooms, designed for individual and group based learning. The building has formed a light and spacious school, which will accommodate 210 pupils.
The teachers are able to divide the areas up into different sized learning spaces and will also be able to share the space and make it bigger. The environment can be personalised and is easily adaptable to accommodate various different activities. The provision of multi-function spaces supports a range of flexible learning, new approaches and teaching styles.
GSSArchitecture Partner, Tom Lyons, said, “We are designing a range of similar exciting and innovative schools around the country and Stirling House is an excellent example of how new life can be breathed into existing buildings. The new school has provided a whole new way of working, creating a 21st century learning environment for students, staff and the wider community.”
As well as being used by the school, several areas have been carefully designed and located to benefit local community groups, and will be used to provide a variety of activities.
Mark Currell, head teacher of Abington Vale Primary School, said, “The space will be very different when there is furniture used throughout the building. Although the spaces are large they will be divided by clever use of folding doors, screens and furniture. The driver behind this is the concept that the space will be flexible and change to meet the needs of how the children are being taught and what they are being taught.”