A two-form entry primary school, that is set to provide 420 spaces for pupils aged 4-11, has now started on site following a ground breaking ceremony on Thursday 14th June.
GSSArchitecture have been appointed as Architects and Lead Consultants to deliver the school for New Lubbesthorpe, a large-scale residential development in West Leicestershire. This will include 4250 dwellings, a mixed use district centre and two mixed use local centres, featuring retail, commercial, employment, leisure, health, community and residential uses. New Lubbesthorpe is proposed to be entirely ‘green’ and the emerging masterplan has retained and protected existing landscape, ecology and heritage assets.
The school will be a key landmark of the central square, providing an element of community use, including a main hall that can be operated independently from the School.
Tom Jagger from GSSArchitecture, said: “There were many factors to consider when designing the school, a simple layout allowing for natural light and ventilation will create bright and spacious internal spaces whilst a central corridor offers naturally lit break-out spaces to encourage group learning between classrooms.
The school has been designed in a contemporary style akin to the adjacent residential development. The façade will provide an attractive street frontage, complementing and enhancing the surrounding area.”
The school building comprises largely of single storey accommodation which will include 14 classrooms, a learning resources centre, hall, kitchen, staff room, a studio and specialised room and the reception along with plenty of circulating space.
The entire masterplanning scheme is based on a building philosophy that encourages wide avenues of trees and green spaces, and the school design has been developed with this in mind. The design features numerous glazed areas to maximise daylight and openable windows to provide a pleasant learning environment that is also highly sustainable, limiting the use of artificial lighting and mechanical ventilation.
Matt Wrate, director and head of the CPW Leicester office, said: “As the consultants for the electrics, heating, lighting and ventilation of the project we worked hard to adopt both passive and active measures to provide a comfortable, vibrant environment conducive to productive learning and working at all times. We want to achieve a BREEAM rating of good so there is good daylighting throughout the school and this is in keeping with the green philosophy of the project.”
Tom Mascari, Associate Director of Bentley Project Management, said, “The close involvement of all partners ensures that this community is delivered as planned, to schedule and with the essential supporting infrastructure in place.”
Martin Ward, director of chartered surveyors Mather Jamie and spokesperson on behalf of the Drummond Estate, said: “The start of construction on this new primary school is a major step in the continuing planned development of New Lubbesthorpe and I’m very pleased we could mark the occasion with a ground-breaking ceremony at the site.”
Tim Walker, construction Director of Clegg Construction, said: “We’re delighted to be working on such an important building which will form an integral part of the wider development. We have a long history in the construction of educational buildings and the site team is ready to deliver an exceptional project.”
The school will provide a key building within the new community, offering purpose-built amenities that can facilitate the delivery of excellent learning opportunities for local children and benefit the wider community.