Stanton Harcourt Primary School was built from an award-winning design in the 1970s but the design, although architecturally inspired, was not suitable for a school or a teaching environment with pillars obstructing views in classrooms and no school hall or large communal space for assemblies or gym class.
The academy wanted to relocate the early years class into an adjacent building to the main school and make that space their school hall as well as build a link between the main school and additional classrooms. In addition, they wanted to add two new classrooms to the front of the existing school which would be a simple timber frame building with straightforward strip foundations.
The biggest issue when making alterations to the existing classrooms, to remove the columns and add the extension was the lack of information, there were no as-built records or drawings. We investigated, by crawling through the ceiling to see how it was all put together and how we could safely remove columns without using a lot of heavy steels.