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OVERVIEW

Oakwood Primary School

ADP was commissioned by Gloucestershire County Council to assist with a feasibility study for the amalgamation of two primary schools in Cheltenham. The two schools would merge into the new Oakwood Primary School and the brief for the school included enhanced community facilities and a childcare centre.

The merger of the schools was seen as a sensitive matter and a rigorous and extensive community consultation process was led by ADP. This involved design workshop days with the children where they were encouraged to discuss aspects of the new school with their parents.

The building has a curved central ‘street’ leading to highly accessible classrooms. Each of the classrooms opens out to external teaching space. Timber panels provide solar shading, improving the efficiency of the building and saving lifetime running costs. The school has achieved a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’ through the inclusion of a wide number of sustainable measures, which are fundamental to the design strategy and in its success in meeting community objectives.

Oakwood Primary School won the ‘New Building or Structure’ category at the Cheltenham Civic Awards 2012.


DETAILS

CLIENT:

Gloucestershire County Council

LOCATION:

Cheltenham

STUDIO:

Birmingham

TYPE:

New Build
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VALUE:

£6.5m

SERVICES:

STATUS:

Complete