Lower Farm Academy Primary School

Following a successful bid entry to win the commission, Clugston Construction have been appointed under a PCSA agreement to provide Contractors Proposals needed to sign off construction works, and WBA will work alongside them to develop proposals for the new two form entry primary school. We will support them during the design processes from RIBA stage 2 to 5 and work alongside the design team and client to design and co-ordinate the new build 2 FE primary school.

The school is being delivered by the ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) 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 ESFA. 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, such as the entrance lobby. 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.

Due to the site context, the local authority planning requirements dictated a brick built building which created some challenges early on in the process, with initial investigations brining results that proved too costly for the project budget. We therefore spent time looking at a variety of options which successfully brought the construction method within budget, finding a cost neutral solution which removed supply chain and program risks.

Client:Clugston Construction
Contractor:Clugston Construction
Value:£5.1m
Service: Architecture
Sector: Learning