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Two Primary Schools with similar design processes.  

Coupals, Suffolk - a “bespoke” school, built well within budget and more economically than previous “system built” schools, having 5% more gross area than stipulated in the DfES Design Guidelines.  “Off the peg” industrial components provided wide uninterrupted spans.

Coupals, Suffolk

St Mary’s Primary School, Derby was completed under budget two weeks within Contract and also with 5% extra floor area over DfES Guidelines. An economical insulated spanning roof system provides advanced acoustic control while housing the majority of services.  Full length central glazing delivers soft north light and glare-free illumination.  Over-sized doors to all classrooms can be fixed back to customize teaching spaces for classes of varied sizes.  The double Nursery Unit adjoining the two Reception classrooms was the first true “Foundation Unit” within the country.

St Mary’s Primary.

The new Teaching Block at Sutton Grammar School features a steel frame with an innovative cross section.  The first floor projects over the ground floor and roof lights and light wells flood light into both ground and first floor rooms.  Natural light levels are amongst the highest  measured.   The building plan is economical;  circulation is efficient through covered external routes with a ramped walkway at first floor and a Cloister at ground floor

Sutton Grammar School