Unlocking The Potential of a New School Model

Time: 15:10 - 15:30

Date: Wednesday 17 October

20181017 15:10 20181017 15:30 Europe/London Unlocking The Potential of a New School Model

A new model for schools is needed in order for education buildings to tackle some of the major urban development issues of the day. Designing schools that create more inventive resolutions means letting go of the traditional and tired model of low-rise buildings surrounded by playing fields to provide solutions that unlock difficult sites and… Read more »

Education Estates 2019

Synopsis

A new model for schools is needed in order for education buildings to tackle some of the major urban development issues of the day. Designing schools that create more inventive resolutions means letting go of the traditional and tired model of low-rise buildings surrounded by playing fields to provide solutions that unlock difficult sites and take the pressure off tight budgets. The adaptive reuse of existing sites enables otherwise negligible buildings to become pillars of the community and reinterpret redundant building stock to provide an economic solution for the provision of much-needed pupil places without increasing the ground space taken up by schools within dense cities.

Matt Goodwin, managing director at London-based practice Architecture Initiative, will discuss Northampton International Academy, which comprises a primary school, secondary school and sixth form (2200 pupils in total) on the site of a former 1980s Royal Mail sorting office. The 300,000 sq.ft redundant sorting centre in Northampton has been derelict since a fire in 2006. The scale of the building and its massive concrete structure had blighted the economic redevelopment of the site and the Post Office was struggling to secure a disposal. Matt will touch on Architecture Initiative’s approach to the building which converted the redundant structure into a vibrant mixed-use development centred around the schools and anchored to the community by a new public plaza.

Matt will be joined by James Wheeler, Assistant Director for Assets & Capital at Northamptonshire County Council, to discuss the context of the project, the strategy for development and the transformation of this extraordinary building.

Speakers

  • Matt Goodwin Managing Director - Architecture Initiative
  • James Wheeler Assistant Director for Assets & Capital - Northamptonshire County Council

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