Baseline design: 240 place primary school with a 26 place nursery

Baseline design for a 240 place primary school with a 26 place nursery



Baseline designs for a 240 place primary school and 26 place nursery

The design shown is for a compact single storey building for 240 junior pupils. Key features of the design are that:

  • all classrooms have direct access to the outdoors
  • toilets are grouped together with an open-plan hand-washing area for better staff supervision
  • all classrooms are orthogonal, 7.2 metres deep and lit from both sides by daylight
  • the design shows 55 metre square classrooms and a large shared practical area (an alternative design within the same gross area would provide 62 metre square classrooms and a small food /practical resources room)
  • the distinction between the hall, kitchen and classroom suites allows the structure of each to be considered separately, maximising cost efficiency
  • the classroom and administration suites could form a separate block on a school site where the hall is being retained
  • roof lights bring daylight into circulation areas
  • air is drawn across the classrooms and out through high-level windows ensuring good ventilation
  • services and security are zoned to allow for different uses of the school
  • the main reception provides a controlled entry point for visitors with easy access to the hall for after-school community events