A little while ago Thinking Buildings obtained planning consent for this beauty of a building to convert the Grade 2* listed school house into residential use. The building sits close to the centre of Cirencester and it was good to visit it once more to meet with the new owner who will develop the scheme to construction. Thinking Buildings really enjoys the challenge of working with listed buildings and this is an excellent example of how we were able to develop a positive relationship with English Heritage and the council’s Conservation Officer.
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.
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?
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.