Marine Academy Primary (MAP2)
Support for a deprived community with an all age learning campus
On the site of the existing Marine Academy in Plymouth, a new two storey free school has been introduced. Aspiring to create a ‘hub on the hill’, our client envisioned an all age learning campus to provide early opportunities to the surrounding community with the aim of overcoming its long term problem with intergenerational worklessness.
Appointed as architect, town planning and landscape architects, the design is based on our wide experience of standardised primary school models and comprises 2,074 sq.m. of space and provides:
- a main entrance
- main hall
- storage offices
- 14 classrooms
- external landscaping
- car parking for 420 pupils
It has been designed so primary pupils can use some of the communal facilities on the site, such as the dining area in the main community hub, to encourage integration and bring together children of all ages and backgrounds.
Special attention has been given to the acoustics of the building, natural lighting and ventilation, as well as providing suitable internal and external teaching environments. The building utilises a highly insulated thermal envelope and under floor heating, and achieved a ‘very good’ BREEAM rating upon completion in 2014.
The children were so excited when they walked in to their new school. It was lovely to see them explore it.
Aaron Meredith, Head teacher
You can also find out more on the New Building for MAP2 article on the Marine Academy website.