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.
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
- 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.
- Concrete pile foundations and floor slabs
- Steel Frame
An on-site compactor was used to bail recyclable waste which has diverted over 5
tonnes of waste from landfill.
“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
- 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
- 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
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