Planning Approval received for Phased Extensions to The Corsham School, Wiltshire

Alec French Architects were appointed to design a program of phased extensions to The Corsham School, in Wiltshire, addressing rising school space demands in the area. The aim is to create a high quality and sustainable school for the future.

The site incorporates appropriate accommodation for teaching and support functions as well as providing a new public face and entrance for the school, refurbishing existing accommodation to provde state-of-the-art teaching space. There is also provision of a new multi-use games area plus new courtyard spaces with associated landscaping and enhanced aspects for pupil drop off/and pick up areas.

In addition to the above, two new buildings being introduced to the campus comprise of a main school reception and foyer, a Sixth Form Centre, as well as a Special Education Needs and Disabilities department and a History classroom.

Remodelling existing internal spaces will allow the creation of a Digital Making Suite, in addition to landscaping works which form new courts and multi-use games areas.

The proposal includes two wings which are arranged to partially enclose two new landscaped courts. The approach and entrance has been formalised with an entrance court leading to the new school reception. The Entrance Court is defined as a formal lawn with select tree and other planting to create a new school approach. Whilst expected to be used in the main as an approach court, the size and proportions also allows this space to be used for school attendances, informal gathering and as a potential outdoor performance space.

The scheme has been designed to fabric first principals with enhanced thermal envelope, cross laminated structure, timber clad facades and has received planning approval. We are currently developing the design to suit phasing requirements with an aim to be on site later in the year.