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Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

Specifiers Journal 2015-2016

EDUCATION St Mary’s

EDUCATION St Mary’s Catholic College & Christ the King Primary School Blackpool, Lancashire St Mary’s was a scheme carried out over 3 years as part of the BSF schools program. The existing school building was substantially remodelled with the school in operation during the works, large extensions to both the sides and rear of the existing building to provide over 12000m 2 of teaching spaces, for both secondary and primary school pupils. The school achieved a BREEAM rating of “very good”. As part of the Blackpool Building Schools for the Future scheme St Mary’s Catholic College is an exciting new combined secondary and primary school. The project comprises the construction of 1,220 place secondary school, 210 place primary school and place of worship. Phase One of the redevelopment included modern new sixth form facilities, revolutionary science and computer labs, around 40 new contemporary classrooms and a fitness gym. The second phase included the opening of an exciting new sixth form, a school hall and dining hall and new, ungraded staff facilities. The final phase completed in 2014 when Christ the King Primary School and Christ the King Parish Church moved onto site. 44 SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016

EDUCATION At the heart of the school is a central concourse, formed by utilising an existing 1950s building. This runs the length of the school and visually and physically links all the elements of the scheme together. Secondary school teaching accommodation is organised as five faculty based learning houses; each designed to be flexible and interactive, with three double sized classrooms located around a central double height presentation area. These general learning areas are supported by specialist teaching nodes, including large open plan science laboratories, in and off of the central concourse. The new school building will achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating through the specification of materials with low embodied energy and the use of natural ventilation. The fabric of the existing buildings will be utilised to increase thermal mass, with photovoltaics used to create renewable energy. Construction took place on a live campus and required complex logistic and phasing plans together with temporary works to overcome the many challenges of working on an occupied constrained site. Credits Architect: IBI Group, London Client: Blackpool Local Education Partnership Main Contractor: Eric Wright Construction SPECIFICATION JOURNAL 2015-2016 45