Planning permission has been approved for a new £1.8m Standalone Classroom Block at Raynsford Academy, Henlow. The new building will enable Raynsford’s transition from a Lower school to a Primary school as part of Central Bedfordshire’s Schools for the Future programme.
The building will provide additional classrooms, with ancillary accommodation including studio/multi agency, SEND meeting and a multi-purpose specialist teaching space for smaller groups. In addition a Multi-Use Games Area, that will also be available for community use, is being provided as well as number of off-site highways improvements.
Careful consideration was made in terms of the design of the building and its siting within a semi-rural/residential area. The mass of the building has been minimalised by the use of the four sloping roofs and a lower central corridor flat roof reinforcing the visual separation. The form is essentially a cube shape that has been broken up with the recessed and projecting wall elements along with the use of materials to define those areas.
The school were very keen to minimise the energy use for the new building. This has been achieved with the design of Ground Source Heat Pumps, solar panels which are to be sited on the main school building, grey water recycling and, for bio-diversity, a green sedum roof to the four main sloping elements of the building.
“We set about to help Raynsford Academy create a sustainable building – in line with the council’s sustainability strategy – and securing planning consent is an important milestone” said project manager Alex Bond. “The aim is now, with the help of building contractors, to deliver the finished article ready for the school’s new year 5 class this year.”
Works are due to start in March 2021.