Beaumont School Opens!

 

 We are very happy to announce that our latest Educational Project: Beaumont School opens today! 

 

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Beaumont School in St Albans – Photo by andybarker.com

Beaumont School is a mixed comprehensive catering for 11-18 year olds which became an Academy in 2012. Located behind houses on a typical residential street just outside the centre of St Albans, the school was struggling with a congested access point, a shortage of classrooms and outmoded sports facilities. Recently rated as Outstanding by Ofsted, the school is the most over-subscribed in St Albans, making the facilities shortcomings even more acute.

We were briefed to deliver more classrooms, a new sports facility as well as conference facilities and a community gym. To achieve this we re-orientated the school, turning it through a 90-degree angle and designed a series of roof pitches that not only link the various school buildings together, but also make them flow as a whole.

The school now has a striking new reception area. Previously the entrance was accessed via a long alleyway running between existing houses which was narrow, noisy and congested with no positive visual impact. There is now a brand new glazed entrance and main reception reached directly from the main road, complete with drop-off area and cycle parking, all of which set the tone for a modern and contemporary campus.

Eleven new classrooms have been included in the design. Nine are general teaching made light and airy with vaulted ceilings, and two IT specialist rooms, plus a conference room. The new 4 court sports hall includes 5 lanes of cricket netting, as well as 4 club standard badminton courts, changing and storage facilities. The original gym building, instead of being abandoned, has been re-used as a dedicated trampoline facility. An external amphitheatre has also been included to facilitate outdoor learning as well as working as an event space for outdoor performance.

The new development provides a fitness suite, with café, for the community which can be closed off from the rest of the school to facilitate out-of-hours use.