05 Jul 2016

Theresa May Opens Oldfield School

Tory MP for Maidenhead and PM hopeful, Theresa May, officially opened the Oldfield Primary School in Maidenhead last Friday.

The new, two-form-entry school is sited within the Thames River flood plain, within the Windsor and Maidenhead greenbelt, adjacent to a nature reserve and a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’. As such, ADP’s architectural and landscape teams worked together from the early concept stages to reach a design solution that is sympathetic to its surroundings. This ensured that the development did not have a negative impact on the existing landscape in terms of the design, construction or visual impact.

The school is raised up on a steel frame, approximately 1,600mm above ground level to, firstly, allow the site to flood and, secondly, to ensure that the overall area of the flood plain is unaffected by allowing flood water to flow freely underneath the building. This ensures that development does not adversely impact the flood plain as a whole, and that any excess water isn't pushed elsewhere.

The scheme also had a sustainable drainage strategy in place, which includes permeable paving and tarmac that drains water into swales and retention ponds. Soft landscaping increases the biodiversity of the site and an ecology garden planted with some native species contains seating to create an outdoor learning area, giving pupils the opportunity to have more contact with their surrounding natural environment.