Two secondary schools as part of the Devon Priority School Building Programme batch
Stride Treglown has designed two secondary schools at South Molton and Ilfracombe as part of the Devon Priority School Building Programme batch, as part of a team led by BAM Construction. The two schools have provided very different challenges, one being a 820 place 11-16 years school on a flat site and the other being a 1200 place 11-18 year school on an steeply sloping, coastal cliff top site.
Both sites are situated on the tops of hills in rural settings and are very visible across the surrounding area, and so we have worked collaboratively with our in-house town planning and landscape architecture teams, in conjunction with the local planning authority, to develop sensitive but contemporary solutions to the school redevelopments. Challenges due to the extreme exposure for both the construction and long term building use was also carefully considered in the design.
Both sites will be redeveloped whilst the existing schools continue to operate. At Ilfracombe, a multi-phased project is required to enable continued occupation during construction due to the limited, steeply sloping site and ground conditions.
We are really excited about the project and looking forward to sharing it with staff, governors and the community- and of course our students.
Sharon Marshall, Head Teacher, Ilfracombe Academy