Over the course of two and a half years from early 2015, DKA provided Wiltshire Council with individual strategic assessments of the potential for expansion at 42 independent school sites across the county. This information was needed to enable the Local Authority to best determine their educational needs and respond to planning policies and contribution from developers in relation to Section 106.
Feasibility studies for countywide school expansions
In seven batches, each report reviewed the site constraints and determined the maximum number of pupils that could be accommodated on site. This maximum capacity was then compared to the existing pupil number on role to advise if expansion would be possible. The reports also examined other issues affecting the viability for expansion (topography / access / public right of ways / ecology / flood risk / utilities), as well as suggesting a possible location and size for any expansion.
From the initial 42 strategic assessments, a feasibility study was completed for seven schools namely:
- Harnham infant school, Salisbury
- Harnham junior school, Salisbury
- Lea and Garsdon primary school, Lea
- Princecroft primary school, Warminster
- Corsham primary school, Corsham
- Walwayne primary school, Trowbridge
- Priestley primary school, Calne
The study looked at each site in more detail with a design strategy developed to resolve the inadequacy in the existing accommodation, as far as practical within the constraints of the existing buildings and site.
From these seven schools, four (Princecroft, Corsham, Walwayne and Priestley) were further developed to a fully costed concept design, which included consultation with all relevant stakeholders, including planning pre-application advice.
Fabien arrived in Bath in 1995 for his architecture studies and joined DKA in 2001. Since then he has gained experience in a variety of building types with an emphasis on educational and industrial projects, from scheme and detailed design to operations on site. In 2009 he became a Qualified BREEAM Assessor for Education Projects. Fabien also reviews our resourcing needs.
Andy became Education Associate within the practice in 2003. He places a strong emphasis on consultation, believing that engagement with stakeholders maximises the potential value of a project to school and community and can also be an educational, inspiring and enjoyable process in itself. This approach results in buildings that are not only visually and spatially exciting, but also finely tuned to users’ needs and aspirations. As a qualified DQI Facilitator, he also runs independent consultation events on projects designed by others.
Jon’s early career experiences included invaluable involvement in working with listed buildings. He has worked across a variety of sectors with a particular emphasis in the education and engineering sectors. Jon can demonstrate personal involvement at all project stages, helping to manage project teams in a collaborative manner. He possess a sound technical knowledge and considers the build process to be an important aspect of architecture.