We’re delighted to announce the completion of a new school building for Ibstock Primary School in Leicestershire. Admittedly it’s been finished a while now, but we’d still like to share this with you.
The school is primarily Victorian with traditional red brick walls (as you would expect in Ibstock, the home of Ibstock Bricks) with a slate roof. The new building is a stand-alone build to replace a single-storey block. We were keen to develop a new distinctive building which would be bold and fun within a Primary School environment. We think this has achieved this.
The building was constructed using a modular construction process by Ideal Building Systems (http://www.idealbuildingsystems.co.uk/) managed by Willmott Dixon.
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.
We are very pleased to be able to report that permission has been granted for this new house near Ashford in Kent. A potentially contentious site in a conversation area village, Thinking Buildings and the consultant team compiled a detailed application to address a number of specific concerns including the visibility of the proposed house and the various ecology issues on the site. We also commissioned professional renders of our design model from Airtight VR, one of which you see here.
Our hard work paid off with vocal support from neighbours and interest groups alike. The robust package of information gave the planning authority confidence in the quality of the scheme and aided the smooth process through the planning system.
Credit should go to all involved and to the very patient client who has waited 18 months from inception to permission. We are all excited to take this project forward in 2017,