A standalone facility to serve as Oak Field Primary School
Oak Field Primary school is a development of our template Agilis design, realised as a 1FE option, over two storeys for the first time, accommodating up to 230 pupils within 1460m². The design was developed to follow the key principles outlined in the single storey Agilis model displayed at Ysgol Nant Talwg and Ysgol Dewi Sant. The new building delivers a long lasting solution that will become an important community facility and further support primary education in the Vale of Glamorgan.
The teaching wing consists of 4 classrooms per floor, located either side of a central resource area; a taller space with floor voids at upper level and natural light provided from of high level clerestory windows. The ground floor includes the Nursery, Reception and Years 1 and 2 classrooms, whilst the first floor has the Years 3-6 classrooms. Placing the nursery and reception classrooms on the ground floor at the front of the building allows it to have its own external play area, which can be easily accessed by parents for pick up and drop off.
The central resource space is a generous open plan zone that is subdivided in to group areas, learning resource, ICT and practical areas. This will be a valuable resource that is accessible to all pupils in the school through timetabled use. In addition to the learning resource areas in the central space, there will be a Life Skills room at first floor.
Stride Treglown Management have been commissioned to undertake a BREEAM assessment for the development. The potential score and rating for the project, generated at pre-assessment stage is 72.95% which represents an “excellent” rating. The “excellent” score is a Welsh Government funding requirement. The proposed development will significantly enhance the primary school facilities for the area, replacing a shared facility and providing a purpose built modern building, which will enhance the site and seek to enhance teaching and learning. The design incorporates numerous environmental features which will benefit the school in terms of reducing energy use and lowering running costs. The primary measures include:
- Specifying high levels of insulation in the building fabric to reduce heating demand
- Designing for natural ventilation, wherever possible, in teaching spaces that do not require cooling
- Photovoltaic panels to provide a percentage of the school’s electrical power