Stratton Upper School Extension
Our extensions and remodelling of the existing Stratton School in Biggleswade will allow growth from 1,240 to 1,650 pupils and improve connections to landscape, sports areas and the adjacent school farm.
Phase one of the development comprises a specialist Science building, new entrance and changing facilities and remodelling of the main school arrival area. The next phase of the development will comprise the new Sixth Form Centre at the heart of the school with an extension to dining and the new general teaching block creating a central outdoor Heartspace for the school.
The new extensions echo the formal discipline of the existing 1950s school buildings by accentuating vertical façade elements. The material palette resonates the character of the main school buildings with vertical precast concrete fins setting the elevational rhythm with references to the proportions of the original teaching blocks.
Our New Science Block provides 13 laboratories with supporting staff and prep areas and is positioned to strengthen both physical and educational links with the adjacent School Farm. A ‘pin-wheel’ plan is arranged around a double-height atrium area acting as a central gathering space and minimising the overall proportions of the Science block whilst allowing all laboratories to benefit from the amazing views across the sports grounds. Building orientation resolves connectivity between the remaining teaching areas and the Gym and creates a new Science Garden courtyard with direct links to the Farm.
The combination of in-built thermal mass in the exposed ceilings and a mixed-mode natural ventilation system with heat recovery will provide year-round energy efficiency added by photovoltaic installation and ground source heat pump supplying the underfloor heating.
The existing science teaching block is currently being refurbished and will provide 10 new general teaching classrooms and associated staff areas.