Bygrove Primary School

Bygrove Primary School, Nursery canopyThe extension to Bygrove Primary School comprises of a single storey extension to the front of the school with some refurbishment works to the existing classrooms. The new building will comprise of a multi-purpose room, therapy/medical room, staff room and associated amenities. The new building will be built adjacent to the existing corridor which will be retained and connected to. 

The new works will comprise of:

  • Bygrove Primary School, main entrancea new extension 
  • a covered play area for nursery children
  • new landscaping in the nursery playground

The new extension will have both insulated render and timber cladding with composite timber and aluminium double glazed windows. The new building will have a green roof (sedum-vegetation blanket) with a portion of the existing roof to be replaced with insulation and a bitumen covering.

The internal partitions will comprise of block and Fermacel boarding on metal firings with a paint finish.

The works to Bygrove Primary school will also incorporate some hard and soft landscaping around the immediate areas of the extension.

The Building and Technical Services team have been working with the school for the last six months working towards a design that will transform the school and provide much needed facilities. This has involved consultation with the key stakeholders of the school and the pupils of the school. This was conducted during the summer term 2009.

The pupils suggested the use of the green roof, they highlighted that they were having problems with the taps and toilet floors in the school and they also requested outdoor lights in the playground for winter months. A green roof has been incorporated into the design; additionally, since we received this feedback, all the toilet facilities in the school have been completely refurbished and external lights have now been included in the design of the area around the new extension.

Comments received from the key stakeholder consultation was that the children find the classrooms dark, there are no Special Educational Needs facilities at the school and that they would like sustainable design features in the school. In response to this the architect and engineers design solar hot water to feed the taps in the new extension and a very efficient boiler to run the underfloor heating. On of the main aspects of the extension is to improve the Special Educational Needs facilities; this will be in the form of a hygiene room and therapy room. As part of a project that happened before this project, new doors/windows have been installed in several of the classrooms with floor to ceiling glazed doors. This will greatly improve the amount of natural light that comes into the classrooms.

This project is due to start on site in February 2010. The extension will be finished for the school to use following the summer holidays 2010.