Regenerating a disused council owned site, off Fosse Road North in Leicester, the new school will create an additional 400 pupil places in the area. Upon completion, it will be one of the largest primary schools in the country.
The modern, two-storey building will be set back from the main road, behind quality landscaping, to create a highly attractive and positive contribution to the streetscape.
The articulation of the building varies depending on the usage of spaces; the main hall will be a lofty two storey volume, with fenestration expressing the double height nature of the space. In contrast, the classrooms to the southern end of the street elevation will be expressed with domestic scale punched windows, reflecting the layering of the building at that point.
A simple pallet of materials is proposed. The front and side elevations will be predominately grey brick, to contrast with the neighbouring red brick residential buildings. Windows and trims will be aluminium with a dark grey finish. The rear of the building will feature aluminium panels at first floor level, installed in randomised widths to add interest.
Infant and junior pupils will be accommodated across two wings which, along with the main hall, will be connected by a large atrium with double-height curtain walling.
A generous outdoor area provides space for synthetic and natural turf sports courts, outdoor classroom amphitheatre, wildlife areas, gardens and space for outdoor play.
Site preparation began in early 2018. Construction of the building is due to commence in September 2018, with the aim of opening the new school for the 2019/20 academic year.