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