Minster School

Minster School

This new secondary school for 1,600 children replaces an existing split-site school for historic Minster. An 8 metre wide internal street provides a ‘heartspace’ conceived as a focus for the school’s identity and the location for banks of personal lockers.

 

  • Minster School 1
This building never lets us down. I still love every day in this place … the wow hasn't gone! Phil Blinston, Head Teacher
  • Minster School 1
  • Minster School 2
  • Minster School 3

The drama studio and assembly hall are located directly off the heartspace, opposite a large learning space, which can all be flexibly combined together by means of moveable walls to accommodate the diverse needs of small groups, year groups, or the whole school.

  • Minster School 1
  • Minster School 2
  • Minster School 3

These spaces are easily accessible and available for use by the outside community providing much needed quality resources for the town. Transparency is emphasised, maximising views within the building and out into the landscape.

  • Minster School 1
  • Minster School 2
  • Minster School 3

The interiors are neutral with natural and raw materials throughout including brick and timber. Extra special details were added through bespoke lockers designed by P&P and the students that reflect the local area and the school’s specialisms in music and humanities, and the chapel space where our team collaborated with artist Chris Wight to create the stunning 12m2 pair of doors made of bone china and glass.

  • Minster School 1
  • Minster School 2
  • Minster School 3

Thermal mass combined with nighttime cooling assist in maintaining stable temperatures. An effective, integrated, low energy design strategy sees all classrooms orientated north/south and cross ventilated through large windows to external façade and ventilation chimneys internally controlled by the Building Management System (BMS) with manual override.

  • Minster School 1
  • Minster School 1
  • Minster School 2

Awards

  • BCSE Awards, ‘Test of Time’- Minster School: Winner
  • RIBA Award- Charter School: Winner
  • RIBA Sorrell Foundation Award- Minster School: Winner
  • BCSE Award, ‘Inspiring Design’- Merchants' Academy: Winner
  • BCSE Awards, ‘Best Client Team on a School Project’- Minster School Highly Commended
Client
  • The Minster School
Status
Complete
Size m2
13,864
Completion Date
2007
Structural Engineer
  • Buro Happold LLP
M&E Engineer
  • Buro Happold LLP
Landscape Architect
  • Plincke Landscape