Due to growing demand for places Cambridgeshire County Council appointed our team to expand St Bede’s school to six form entry. Our designers worked very closely with stakeholders, including the school, the client and other project team members to develop a design to complement the existing school buildings and invited the community to view and comment on our proposals prior to the planning submission.
Our scheme comprises several new extensions arranged within a coherent overall plan. The buildings incorporate the principles of sustainable design using highly insulating materials and low or zero carbon technologies to make sure that the interiors remain comfortable and conserve energy by minimising heat loss. We selected high performance double-glazed windows with low-e solar control glazing to provide plentiful daylight and maximise exterior views. Southeast and southwest facing brise-soleil control glare and summer overheating. Staff and pupils have enjoyed using the new spaces since completion and we have received excellent feedback.
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.