Education & Community

John Port Post 16

Ahead of another full case study soon to be added to our website, a little teaser image of our recently competed Post 16 building at John Port School in Derbyshire. This is a fantastic new facility and centre point for the schools sixth form provision. The building is purposely collegiate and grown up in its…

Listed Building Consent For Care Home

We’re excited to share our latest project update with you: our continued work in the care home sector, specifically our collaboration with an existing client on a scheme for listed building consent at a care home. Thinking Buildings recognises the importance of managing historic buildings and the necessary process of change, especially in sensitive environments…

Dementia Unit Planning Approval

Thinking Buildings has been working with a Derbyshire care home provider for over 3 years. They currently operate 2 cares homes in the Derbyshire Dales. In 2021 it became clear an extension was needed to one of their care homes to address the under provision of specialist dementia care spaces in the local area. Many…

Works To Start On New Science Building

Thinking Buildings are delighted to confirm works will soon be progressing to building a new Science facility at John Port Spencer Academy near Derby.  Local contractor Bailey Construction has been appointed and will start work in June. John Port is undergoing an expansion to increase its capacity for both 11-16 and sixth form students. This is the 3rd…
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Percy Gee Case Study

Our latest case study on the website is the Percy Gee Building at Leicester University.  The shell and core design provided by Shepheard Epstein Hunter was built out by Stepnells contractors, who then appointed Thinking Buildings to help deliver the interior fit out package. A key building in the wider re-development of the university’s student…

Marlborough moves to technical design

It’s been a busy start to 2024 with numerous education projects coming forward for Thinking Buildings. Technical design has just started on the proposed expansion of The Marlborough School in Woodstock. The works include a new 6 classroom teaching block, internal re-modelling and reconfiguration of existing spaces, a new sports changing room extension, and significant…

Pre-School goes to Planning

This great scheme for a new pre-school building has just been submitted for planning approval. The design has been developed to fit with the traditional architecture of the surrounding conservation area, but with a contemporary and fun twist. The entrance is framed by a pop up zinc roof that allows for a discreet signage zone…

Post 16 Building Opens!

We’re delighted that our very own Jess has officially opened the new Post 16 building at John Port Spencer Academy in Etwall, Derby. Jess was invited to open the building due to being a former pupil, and having been actively involved in the delivery of the new Post 16 building. She has personally overseen much…

Jess To Officially Open JPSA Post 16!

Our Technologist Jess, who left John Port Spencer Academy in 2012, has come full circle, having been actively involved in the delivery of the new Post 16 building. She has personally overseen much of the process, from the initial design and planning stages, to construction information, along with regular site meetings.  After leaving the school,…

New pre-school design

A happy way to start the new year by sharing this really fun and interesting design for a pre-school. Notice the green roof, as we have very little opportunity to meet the biodiversity net gain requirements on this constrained site. We suspect that this will become a more popular feature on sites like this, where…
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