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Avonwood Primary School, Bournemouth

Client: Extraspace Solutions

Budget: £4m

Completed: 2014

Avonwood Primary School located in Bournemouth is a new state of the art 2FE Primary School that accommodates 420 pupils. The new building is a free-standing single storey building using MMC (modern methods of construction). It features a man-made pond in the landscaping, ancillary accommodation, outdoor learning space, tennis courts.

S I Sealy worked with Extraspace Solutions to design and build the new primary school, on behalf of Avonbourne International Business & Enterprise Academy Trust.

The scope of the project also included 15 classrooms and ancillary accommodation, associated civil works, including the provision of all new utility services, access footpaths and a new car park. It features a large spacious 10m high assembly hall, while the remainder of the building consists of a freestanding single storey with a shallow pitched roof.

The double C- shaped layout of the building provides two protected courtyards/playgrounds to the front elevation, with the building itself providing enclosure and shelter. A large playground extends the length of the building to the rear, where the shape of the building itself defines and separates the areas from each other. Bi-fold doors open directly from some classrooms into the playground, to facilitate an “outdoor learning space”, with play-shades providing a means of protection from all types of weather. A vibrant blue brise-soleil has been fitted externally along the rear elevation of the building, which also creates solar shading within the new classrooms.