Christ the King, Dorset
The project has been divided into multiple phases of design and construction as part of a £1.5m capital bid. The school had remained very much unchanged since its construction in 1963 and required updating and refurbishment throughout. The initial phase worked on rationalising and remodelling the existing school, with a series of cohesive extensions following the initial works. The first and second phases of the development to the main school provided two new classrooms for the nursery and reception year groups, adapting the school to the curriculum needs. The third phase provided a new administrative suite and new SEN facilities.
The design of these classrooms has been a very successful environment for teaching and learning. The high-level glazing allows an interface with the skyline, creating a light and spacious feel under the floating expressive roof. An accent of bright colour externally brings warmth contrasted with natural timber cladding.