Bere Regis school award

Bere Regis Primary School

Caption: Bere Regis Primary School

Dorset News, Education, Purbeck | Posted: Wednesday, August 15th, 2018 at 3:00 pm | return to news

Newly built Bere Regis school up for national award

The new Bere Regis primary school, which was completed in December 2016, has been shortlisted for the Civic Building of the Year Awards.

Bere Regis Primary School

Caption: Bere Regis Primary School

The school was constructed as part of Dorset County Council’s Purbeck Reorganisation programme and followed the ‘baseline design’ approach, developed by the council’s Dorset Property team. Baseline design is a standardised, repeatable design that provides innovative, practical and low-cost solutions, without compromising quality.

The new 140-place primary school includes five class bases, a hall, games court, grass playing filed and a pre-school facility. The previous old brick building was home to the school for over 80 years and was not large enough or appropriate for teaching today’s curriculum.

Wayne Roberts, Headteacher of Bere Regis Primary School said, “It’s a wonderful new facility which will add hugely to what we can offer the children here at the school.”

The choice of materials and their colour has been used to blend the building into the natural rural environment. The series of high level windows gives visual character and ensures maximum use of natural ventilation and maximum daylight. This will help reduce energy usage and maintenance costs and allow simple control by the school. Photovoltaic panels, high levels of thermal insulation and robust sound and air tightness details were adopted.

The building allows for flexibility and future adaptability; internal walls can be removed and remodelled, if future needs arise, under the steel framed roof structure.

The school was designed to be used by the local community by providing access to the school hall, toilets and a kitchen area without compromising the security of the teaching spaces.

The awards have been promoted through the Society for the Public Architecture, Construction, Engineering and Surveying (SPACES). There is a shortlist of 19 projects for various awards and the winners will be announced on 11 October in Cambridge.

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