Meeting the Council’s 21st Century Learning vision
North Somerset Council has a vision to provide modern learning facilities for all of its pupils. This entails refurbishing and extending many of its primary schools over the coming years. We worked closely with the Council’s education specialists as well as the end-users to come up with a design that is in the spirit of the school’s vision and the Council’s “21st century learning”, delivered with Willmott Dixon under the SCAPE framework.
Before the work, Winford Primary School was composed of a 19th century stone building, extended in the 1980s and five temporary buildings. The extension houses four classrooms, a hall and dining area, learning resource spaces, and outdoor teaching spaces. The standard of the design is BREEAM ‘Very Good’, which includes natural ventilation and the use of renewables such as solar panels. The local community has access to the hall and other facilities out of school hours. The school is now composed of three elements creating a holistic site solution: the existing building, the link building and the new main school building. The existing building is refurbished and houses the pre-school and reception classes, as well as spaces for community use.
The project presented engineering challenges in terms of acoustics, being located directly under the flight path of Bristol Airport.
We are all excited by our fantastic premises and look forward to taking advantage of this opportunity to further enhance the education of our children. These premises provide a unique environment… they are now able to learn in an environment that is unmatched not only in North Somerset but also in the whole of the South West.
Head teacher, Winford Church of England Primary School (in letter to parents)