Excellent school report as Lower Farm Academy starts on site

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we are delighted to report that work recently started on site to complete a new two form entry primary school in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Completion of this exciting two storey academy project is planned for the Summer of 2021. Watson Batty Architects Midlands office is working closely alongside main contractor Interserve and the client and design team.

The school is being delivered by the Department for Education (DfE) alongside a large scale residential development and will support the growing pupil population in the area. Accommodating 420 pupils, the entry school will be operated by the REAch2 Academy Trust and will include a 26 place nursery.

With the site being designated as a dedicated school site within a larger housing development, it allowed the design proposal to closely follow the baseline design standards employed by the DfE. Applying lessons learned from our other school projects, we created a super-efficient floor plan resulting in a surplus of non-net floor space that was used to reallocate and enhance areas of the school. This provided additional usable space for the school whilst staying within the strict gross internal floor area target.

Through the use of BIM practices, we were able to create 3D information early on in the project that proved very beneficial when reviewing the design development with the school and the client. Early on in the project we were able to show the client 3D views of the internal and external spaces which assisted in the communication of the design intent and allowed the client to easily understand the proposals. The school were able to share the detailed perspective views created with the prospective new community and future pupils of the school. Subsequently the detailed design and construction information has been produced via Revit CAD software to BIM Level 2 standard.

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