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Avonwood Primary School, Bournemouth

Client: Extraspace Solutions

Budget: £4m

Completed: 2014

S I Sealy worked with Extraspace Solutions to design and build a new single storey two form entry primary school in Bournemouth, on behalf of Avonbourne International Business & Enterprise Academy Trust.

The scope of the project included 15 classrooms and ancillary accommodation, associated civil works, including the provision of all new utility services, access footpaths, a new carpark and an extensive landscaping scheme. A newly formed man made pond, to assist with nature studies and a small orchard area, complete this truly innovative learning facility.

The school 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.