Work has commenced on a much-awaited ‘dual school’ project being developed on the existing site of West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School in Hove, East Sussex.
West Blatchington Primary and Nursery School is to be rebuilt. The modern unified building will replace the existing collection of temporary buildings and will enable the school to be truly inclusive, with all year groups, including the nursery and Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) unit, housed under the same roof.
Designed by HKS Architects, the building will house a dedicated music room, a music practice room, fully equipped cookery room, ICT suite, sports hall and performance hall. A library will sit at the heart of the school on each floor.
A new school will be built alongside the new West Blatchington School to provide a permanent home for King’s School, a Church of England free school currently based in Portslade.
Associated sports facilities will include a full-size football pitch, cricket pitch, mini-soccer, tennis courts, athletics track, sports hall and multi-use games areas. The local community will also have access to indoor and outdoor sports facilities. A comprehensive package of sustainable transport measures is being put into place, including extension of existing bus routes to the new school.
Gyoury Self has been contracted by Kier Construction to provide full BIM-enabled structural and civil engineering services across this extensive school development scheme.
On a steeply sloping, both buildings will be constructed on piled foundations. The steel-framed buildings will have pre-cast concrete floors and lightweight stud walls. Roofing will be metal decking.
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