Plans to build a new, two-storey teaching block set back from Myton Road, near the existing turning circle, have been submitted to Warwick District Council.
The block, which will provide a direct route through the building, connecting the front carpark to the wider site beyond, will alleviate resource requirements on the existing school buildings, as well as provide additional school places.
“With a significant increase in enrolment numbers over the past few years and predicted to be a future trend, more teaching spaces are required” said Andy Perry, Head Teacher.
“Whilst funding is yet to be confirmed, the signs have been encouraging which is why we have now moved forward and applied for planning permission. We hope to be able to provide a new sixth-form building or extra teaching space to accommodate additional students from new residential developments from September 2023 which will assist the local authority in providing adequate secondary school places.”
Existing school buildings in the vicinity will be demolished (apart from an electricity sub station) and the turning circle will be replaced with a small car park and a four-bay bus stop for student drop off. Cycle provision will be relocated across the site. The existing main vehicular entrance will be used to provide access to car and coach parking. Trees will reduce the visual impact to the neighbouring property.
“The proposal will provide high quality teaching spaces which are designed to accommodate changing teaching and learning formats, ensuring the building has a sustainable longevity. This is a reactive design solution which responds directly to the increasing requirement for school spaces in the area” said Tom Higginson of Midlands-based architects, Corstorphine & Wright*, who has produced the project’s Design and Access Statement.
“The proposed scheme will achieve BRREAM ‘Very Good’ Status, delivering an energy efficient and environmentally conscious building. The proposal maximises the use of natural ventilation and cooling whilst using progressive technologies such as air source heat pumps.”
Well proportioned classrooms with wide corridors to reduce congestion
Versatile and adaptable two-storey spaces to suit changing requirements and create additional classrooms
A large, open plan social space/cafe area to promote interaction, close to administrative functions, located in the centre of the building
All areas easily observed for safeguarding
External dining area off the internal cafe space
These plans are in line with the Myton 2020 site development masterplan.
*Corstorphine & Wright is an award-winning AJ 100 top 25 architectural practice with design studios across the UK. The team designs spaces with an elusive ‘must-have’ quality, translating requirements, constraints and opportunities into places that are more than the sum of their parts. Using its insight-led approach and drawing on experience from a 200+ strong team, it helps invigorate communities, excites stakeholders and maximises long-term value. The team spans the length and breadth of the UK and has historic links to Warwick, where its head office is located. Local knowledge is built into its approach thanks to 40+ years’ experience working with a range of partners and communities.