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Baseline designs: 1,200 place secondary (practical specialism)

Finger-block baseline designs for a 1,200 place 11 to 16 secondary school with a practical specialism.

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Baseline design: ground floor 1,200 place secondary (practical specialism)

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Baseline design: first floor 1,200 place secondary (practical specialism)

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Baseline design: second floor 1,200 place secondary (practical specialism)

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Baseline design: roof plan for a 1,200 place secondary (practical specialism)

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Detail

Baseline design for 1,200 place 11 to 16 secondary school finger-block with a practical subject specialism

The design shown is a 3 storey building for 1,200 pupils aged 11 to 16. The school is assumed to be following a practical curriculum with an emphasis on design and technology. The school is devised as a ‘kit of parts’ based on the suites of spaces in the Schedule of Accommodation (SoA).

Such an approach allows:

  • parts to be combined in various ways to suit the particular needs of a site, including where some buildings are being retained
  • easier phased construction
  • teaching wings to be positioned to optimise orientation
  • external circulation between blocks

Other key features of the design

Other key features of the design are that:

  • the dining space provides a central focus to the school and can be used as a milling space during the school day and, in conjunction with the hall and drama space, for after school events
  • ICT is located opposite the dining area for lunchtime activities
  • uninterrupted runs of 7.8m room depth allow both general and practical teaching spaces to be accommodated and facilitate future change
  • voids in the centre of the teaching wings bring daylight into the corridor and the backs of classrooms (they also act as ventilation stacks providing natural ventilation particularly in the summertime)
  • the simple 3-storey teaching wings provide an efficient building form that is easy to extend in future (the short and long blocks can be combined in various ways to suit a wide range of school sizes)
  • general and practical teaching spaces are organised in suites with a sense of identity but allowing some variation in the range of spaces (each floor, which can serve 1 or 2 departments, includes a staff workroom and an office, teaching stores and toilets)
  • as part of a practical curriculum the short finger-block houses science with a number of specialist laboratories (the longer finger-block houses design and technology with art above)