Formby High School

Harrison Stringfellow Architects, Formby , 2014

 

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Refurbishment and transformation of refectory, assembly hall and sixth form common room

HSA were commissioned to undertake a number of projects at Formby High School working closely with staff and pupils in design workshops to investigate how improvements could be made to the school environment with limited funds.

The tight budget and time frame did not limit our ambitions, using low cost but robust materials in inventive ways for maximum input. A collaborative approach to construction saw us working closely with the contractor and quantity surveyor to deliver the scheme under budget. We identified items that could be manufactured off site and using local suppliers to reduce lead times.

Introducing passive ventilation systems and insulating ceilings greatly improved the environmental performance. By reconnecting disparate parts of a complex school building we created new assembly space and transformed cramped and uninspiring dining halls where pupils often stood to eat.

Drawing on inspiration from the local landscape and surroundings, we printed wall coverings depicting landmarks along the local coastline. We also designed and arranged the manufacture of robust furniture. Since completing, there has been an increase in the number of pupils choosing to sit to eat a balanced healthy hot meal.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 2014
  • Completed: Sep 2014
  • Floor area: 1,025m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £250,000
  • Funding: School (academy)
  • Tender date: May 2014
  • Procurement: IFC2011 with contractor design
  • CO2 Emissions: 42kg/m2/year
  • Address: Formby High School, Freshfield Road, Formby , L37 3HW, United Kingdom

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