Feasibility Study and scheme designs for the integration of primary and secondary school facilities at the Penketh High School site. The new school's location on site embraces the existing brook, previously a source of problems associated with annual floods, and brings it into the overall concept of the school, both as a method of controlling the flood risk, and engendering a stronger connection with the seasons and environment.
The two halves of the new whole school face and acknowledge each other across the brook, creating a visually cohesive school unit while retaining the primary school's smaller scale in keeping with its users and year groups. The curved arms of the two schools reach out to each other, creating a shared amphitheatre space for socialising, and as a shared school and community performance space in summer, highlighting the school's strength as a media and arts specialist facility.
The major secondary school teaching spaces form a modern take on the traditional school quad, while the major curve houses the arts facilities, which can be shared by the primary school, allowing access to a higher level of arts facility than many primaries enjoy.
The sports hall plugs into the practice performance spaces to the rear of the school, allowing separate access by the community from a new car park route and direct relationship to the sports fields - now integrated into one large sports area - as a further link between the school and local residents; thus the intention is to create not just an integrated school, but a school that itself forms a key part of the local residents' experience of their community.
PENKETH HIGH SCHOOL
Location: Penketh, Warrington, Cheshire, UK
Client: Warrington Borough Council
Contractor: Seddon Construction
Project Lead: Roman Strzala