Proposals for a £22.6M new school building at Burnham Grammar School have been approved.
The scheme, which forms part of the ESFA’s Thames Valley B Batch, will see the demolition of an existing collection of disconnected non-compliant teaching spaces and provision of a new “superblock” which will provide secondary education for 11- 18 year old pupils and includes a sixth form.
The new school building, which has been designed by LSI Architects and will be constructed by Wates, will also provide a new sports hall and changing facilities open for community use.
The new building responds to the end users core values by placing large communal spaces centrally at the heart of the school with teaching accommodation wrapped around the perimeter. The existing teaching facilities at Burnham Grammar School are housed in a collection of buildings plugged into one another, forming a complex layout of disconnected spaces. The superblock will simplify navigation around key central spaces giving the pupils and staff easy access to the variety of resources the school has to offer.
The linear massing has been separated into two distinctive areas, the community block and the teaching block. The community block has been placed near the main entrance and has a prominent corner, making it easily identifiable to visitors wishing to use the facilities. The entrance is separated from the main school entrance into the building and placed near the car park for easy access.
The volume of the teaching block is broken up with feature coloured render separating the different uses. The sports hall is distinguished with feature coloured metal cladding. The tonal greens blend into the existing tree lined frontage.
External Visualisation of Burnham Grammar School “Superblock”
Proposed Dining Facilities
Proposed Main Hall and Drama Facilities