We are delighted to announce that Ashmount School and Bowlers Nursery has been awarded an RIBA National Award. The awards are given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture.
The judges said: “This zero-carbon in-use, BREEAM Outstanding school and nursery draws inspiration from its site, with a scheme that carefully manipulates both its plan and cross-section to draw natural light inside, and constantly reveal views of the surrounding woodland. The combined heat and power plant is linked to neighbouring community housing and offsets the school’s carbon footprint.
At the lower level, a double-height multipurpose room opens on to the playground. Higher up, the pinwheel plan is composed of three wings of classrooms radiating out from a central circulation spine, which also contains the entrance, library and a top-lit, open-stepped auditorium. The building is clad in cedar and glass above a brick plinth, and is weathering elegantly on all facades. This is an exemplary primary school.”