Client: Hampshire County Council
Architect: Hampshire County Council Architects
Main contractor: Morgan Sindall
Products: MODAL low rise façade system, FXi65 windows, CD commercial door, GXi sliding patio door
One of the first applications of the revolutionary MODAL low rise façade system is a visionary new primary school in Hampshire for children with learning difficulties.
Constructed in a £8.9m contract, Forest Park School near Southampton has created an inspirational, child-centred facility which is set to transform special school provision in Hampshire.
Inspired by the New Forest National Park
The school is a collection of low rise buildings interlinked by a series of canopies and arranged around a number of courtyards. The outer walls are constructed of brick with inner façades of dark timber and glass, and a combination of dual and mono-pitched zinc roofs. The site’s landscaping was inspired by the heathland that characterises much of the New Forest National Park.
Finished in dark brown with contrasting bronze doors, the MODAL low rise façade system is used as fixed light glazing and with FXi65 windows. Sound attenuated louvres provide additional natural ventilation, and the GXi sliding patio door, which is fully integrated with MODAL, was also specified, together with the CD commercial door.
MODAL is a rapid-build low rise façade system – and the first in the UK to offer integral opening vents. It has an innovative modular design, which gives specifiers a much wider choice of configuration options.
Accommodation for Children with Special Educational Needs
The new school, which has been created following the amalgamation of two existing schools, provides accommodation for 72 children with special educational needs, aged between two and 11 years.
Facilities include a library, IT suite, hydrotherapy pool, hall, children’s kitchen for cookery activities, therapy room, office, dining room, soft play room, light room, specialist art room and extensive external play areas.
Minimising Impact on the Environment
The scheme is targeted to achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating and has a number of sustainability features to minimise its impact on the environment, such as:
The Client’s Perspective
Nicky Dando, Head Teacher, Forest Park School:
“We are delighted with all aspects of the new building, including the glazing. All visitors have commented on how light and airy the building feels.”
Project Architect, Hampshire County Council:
“One of the key design objectives for this project was to maximise natural light and views out onto the landscaped areas, helping us to extend the building into the external play spaces. This is a sustainable building so we also needed to provide a good level of natural ventilation. The MODAL system could incorporate both louvres for passive ventilation and integrated windows.”
“We are very pleased with the finished building which is performing to a high standard and has been very well received by the children, staff and parents.”
New Innovations for Low Rise Façades
The MODAL system features a number of new innovations for low rise façades, including:
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