Darnton B3 designed a new co-located school for Robert Blake Science College and Elmwood Special School to RIBA Stage C+ as part of a bid for Somerset BSF.
The formal design review from CABE commented, “This design demonstrates an inventive co-location strategy that relates well to its site.”
Sustainability was strategically incorporated from the initial concept onwards with a view to driving down in realistic and deliverable ways the overall CO2 footprint of the school. For example the scheme achieves excellent daylighting levels, with the majority of areas are double the minimum standards set by the DCSF
The scheme adopted an innovative ‘membrane’ approach to breaking down the barriers often apparent in designs for co-location. This meant that a wide range of facilities were able to be accessed and used separately by both schools but whilst also providing for managed joint use and the long term aim of opening up these areas to foster greater integration.
The scheme was well received by the client both in terms of functionality, appearance and also the flexibility and adaptability the design solution offers.
We can assist in the development of long term campus development plans, through to the refurbishment and maintenance of existing teaching facilities.
Award-winning, sustainable schemes have been designed, including flagship new build developments and our teams are well versed in the development of close, long term client relationships.
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