Category Archives: For Schools

Thinking Buildings Win Multi-Million Pound Sports Centre Competition

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Thinking Buildings recently secured a commission to design a new multi-million pound Sports Centre for an independent school. The competition design was created using our BIM software including in-house visualisations and a fly around video that really helped communicate the proposals.

The scheme includes a 4 court sports hall, squash courts, sports science classroom, changing/support facilities and a social area that can be used for internal and external events. Externally, the design included a new hockey pitch and tennis courts. The focus of the design is the welcoming glazed entrance that gives the building identity and presence within the school campus – aiming to avoid the bland, bulky and windowless architecture that is often associated with the function of this type of large format, big volume sports buildings.

Thinking Buildings are currently working with the school and delivery contractor to finalise the brief, scope and design with the aim to progress to planning application stage in summer 2017.

New Changing Rooms For Primary School

 

Thinking Buildings have been working with Woodstock CE Primary School in Oxfordshire to create new pupil changing rooms. An existing courtyard area is being infilled to provide changing rooms for girls and boys adjacent to the main hall. The project is due for completion at the beginning of July.

We’d be happy to talk to any other schools needing extensions or refurbishment. Maybe you need some advice?

Primary School Scheme Submitted For Planning

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We have submitted a planning application on behalf of Bibury CoE Primary school. The existing school is a Grade II listed building with two classrooms, a central hall space and support spaces for staff. With modern methods of teaching the school really needs many small teaching spaces rather than the two large spaces they currently have. The current hall space is central to the school, which is great for access but also means it is used as much for circulation as activities.

Working with the school Thinking Buildings came to a two-part solution: construct a new hall to the east of the existing school, and refurbish the existing hall and some of the support spaces to provide a teaching hub, a library on a new mezzanine level and a small group room. This approach gives the school many more options for where and how to teach and makes for a more dynamic environment for the children.

The hall extension building is proposed to be a simple pitched roof form, with a low-level stone plinth and oak cladding above. The cladding will weather to a beautiful silver finish, which will complement the Cotswold stone of the existing building. The playground face is provided with large format glazed doors, giving light to the hall and access and connection to the playground. The new hall is linked to the existing building but a discrete single story glazed link.

We’re looking forward to helping the school move this project forward in the coming years.

Primary School Expansion Update

201702_RawlinsWorks are progressing well on site at Christopher Rawlins Primary School in Adderbury where Thinking Buildings are expanding the school in this £2 million project. The project is being constructed in 3 phases due to the difficulty of building on a live school site. The beam and block floor is now in, and the external walls are coming out of the ground. The contractor, Edgar Taylor, are doing a great job so far. Monthly updates to follow as the building starts to emerge…..