Rushey Mead School

Rushey Mead School

Rushey Mead School is a Design and Build project providing 8,744m2 of new build accommodation. The development of Rushey Mead School commenced in April 2011 and has been delivered in a phased approach.

Works were undertaken on a live school campus requiring careful co-ordination and a close working relationship with the school.

Background

Rushey Mead School is a highly successful 11-16 comprehensive school providing places for 1500 pupils. The school’s existing buildings ranged in age from 1945 – 1966 to post 1976 with some not fit for purpose. The condition was typically poor and suffered from heating problems in winter and heat gain in summer. The external space formed between buildings was poor as a result of the placement of later accommodation on the site.

The existing entrance to the school was from a small residential road, accessed from a no through road with poor vehicle turning provision and lacked the desired presence and impact. The site, totalling 18.14 acres, is split in two by the Melton Brook with the school buildings and the majority of the school sports fields located to the northern side of the brook with a grass sport pitch to the south.

The layout of the site and the need to minimise disruption to the existing school led to the development of a campus style solution.

Objectives for the School included:

  • An attractive public frontage to the school buildings setting which have prominence
  • A high quality setting which mirrors its aspirations.
  • The provision for useful and effective spaces which will enrich the taught curriculum
  • Retained and enhanced sports facilities
  • A robust but discreet security strategy which will allow the building users to feel safe
  • Separation of pedestrian and vehicle movements.
  • An integration and respect for existing planting with proposed planting to support and enhance biodiversity
  • Provision for clear way-finding.

Construction

  • Concrete pile foundations and floor slabs
  • Steel Frame

Innovation

An on-site compactor was used to bail recyclable waste which has diverted over 5 tonnes of waste from landfill.

Comments

“On behalf of the Children’s Capital Senior Stakeholder Group at Leicester City Council, I would like to thank you for the positive manner in which the site at Rushey Mead Secondary School is being run. The School has reported to the Assistant Mayor, Councillor Vi Dempster, that they are thrilled with the relationship between the site staff and the running of the school. It has far exceeded their expectations.”
David Martin, BSF Programme Director, Leicester City Council

Solution

  • The construction of a new 12,363m² school comprising 8,744m² new accommodation and 3,619m² retained buildings.

    A Campus style arrangement incorporating three new build blocks linking and enhancing the retained estate and the demolition of unfit buildings to create a coherent and legible site.
  • New Pedestrian and Visitor Entrances, new site Entrance, external car parking and landscaped areas

    The new pedestrian entrance is separated away from any vehicular movements. Once on the site students are directed to an entrance that by-passes the buildings allowing easy access to hard play areas and all faculties. During school hours students will go to their own reception point that also incorporates student support.

    Both the student and visitor entrance areas are part of the Hub which forms the centre of the new school and gives a clear identity.
  • "Hub" Building with community facilities.

    The Hub not only houses reception and student support but also the Learning Resource Centre, SEN faculty, Administration, ICT, Design Technology and Performing Arts. This block will provide all of the main community teaching facilities with access to specialist Arts, ICT and generic teaching spaces.
  • Sports Building with 6 court sports hall, Floodlit four court MUGA games area and new grass rugby pitch.

    The new sports facility is located across the Melton brook allowing it to operate independently outside of core hours. The Hub and Sports provide the school with a strong identity and link to the community. The sports building has its own café style dining facility for over 100 pupils as well as staff welfare facilities and a conference suite. Externally the hard courts have been located in close proximity to the wet change facilities, which are separated from the dry change, and the pitches have been optimised.
  • Private Courtyard "heart space"

    The two most recently constructed existing blocks will be retained and linked with the new buildings to create a private courtyard forming a large central external space that will be at the heart of the school. The courtyard feel to this will give natural protection to the elements and be a vibrant and diverse space and provide a suitable hard play area at break times, utilising the passive surveillance and protection of the surrounding buildings.

    The linking Block will accommodate maths, science and part of the humanities faculty. The block will also provide new kitchen facilities with the existing library being converted into the main dining hall. This block is a mixture of single and two-storey accommodation.

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