Beam Street

Client: MACE

The building was developed by The Inspirational Futures Trust into an alternative provision free school funded by the Education Funding Agency. The school provides locally excluded pupils with access to vocational training in areas such as hair and beauty, autosport and catering as well as typical GCSE subjects with a view to getting them back into their referring school or providing them with an alternative career path. At full occupation the school can accommodate up to 100 pupils between the ages of 13 and 16 alongside 40 staff members.

The Victorian school is located on the east side of Beam Street, Redfield, and was constructed at the end of the nineteenth century. It is first recorded by the Ordnance Survey Second Edition in 1903 as shown opposite. The building is set out over two floors and steps down over three ground floor levels to follow the fall of Beam Street towards Avondale Road. The building is not listed but is named as a ‘local monument’ within Bristol as it offers a good example of Victorian design while still standing in a prominent position within Redfield.