Following on from the successful delivery of the feasibility study for refurbishment and provision of a new 6th Form building, Strzala Architects (as SBS Architects) in conjunction with a main contractor produced a detailed tender and RIBA stage E scheme design.
The new 6th form building was conceived as a stand-alone building to provide 21st century teaching and learning spaces with clarity of use as well as offering a strong identity for the school. The building recognises the operational needs of the current school and potential expansion in the future. The design sought to simplify student movement throughout with clearly defined elements reading both externally and internally allowing way finding to be intuitive rather than prescriptive. An approach leading to minimal signage was the aim.
A skin of green aluminium shingles wrap the facades from first floor and the crafted approach to forming the shingle façade evoked the art and engineering curricular activities proudly offered by the school.
The facades were designed as a response to site orientation and internal functions alike. The long elevations admit light to the teaching spaces therefore maximum possible areas of glazing with thermally efficient glazing coupled with solar control films have been incorporated. A fully detailed scheme was produced which incorporated structural, mechanical & electrical disciplines plus environmental considerations targeted at a BREEAM assessment.
GREAT SANKEY 6TH FORM COLLEGE COMPETITION
Location: Warrington, Cheshire, UK
Client: Warrington Borough Council
Contractor: Stage D Design 2009-2010
Project Lead: Peter Marshall