Invicta Grammar School for Girls
|Project:||2-storey classroom block|
|Contractors:||Jenner Contractors Ltd|
Invicta Grammar School for Girls is situated on a site adjacent to Valley Park School. They are also an academy and part of the Valley Invicta Academy Trust. As well as the need to replace existing temporary accommodation, the school required extra space for a rising school roll. Initially the brief was to design a CDT Block but after exploring various options it was decided to relocate humanities and dance/drama to the new building and refurbish existing classrooms for CDT.
The accommodation includes 10 classrooms, 2 dance/drama rooms and a reading room. The client team requested plenty of natural daylight and for the first floor reading room to have high ceilings. The final design made use of the steel structure and allowed for the complete first floor to have an open ceiling void which followed the line of the pitched roof. With the use of state of the art lighting the teaching spaces and reading room provide a working environment that is both dramatic and inspiring. Externally we continued a recent theme of facing block work and aluminium windows under a pitched steel sheet roof. With curtain walling and sliding folding doors the clients wish for daylight was achieved.