Corstorphine + Wright delivered a number of key schools projects with a combined value of £90 million for Leicester Miller Education Company (LMEC) as part of its £300 million Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
With a combined project value of £40 million, one of the largest of these schemes was the redevelopment of Hamilton Community College and Nether Hall School, which saw the two schools rebuilt and co-located to increase capacity from 980 to 1,200 students.
As part of the redevelopment, the existing Hamilton Community College was entirely demolished, except for its sports and science buildings. Through careful planning and phasing we were able to ensure that Hamilton remained operational throughout, preventing disruption to the delivery of the curriculum.
Each wing of the new Community College has been designed around a simple structural grid so that faculties are easy to group or relocate in the future. Moveable walls are provided in certain teaching spaces to future-proof the building, allowing for the creation of larger, flexible spaces that could accommodate multiple class groups and generate more flexible teaching options as teaching patterns change.
Circulation is designed around open voids throughout the building to eliminate the perception of corridors, visually enhance the sense of movement through the school, and to help improve student behaviour through visibility and peer presence. Access has also been carefully planned to allow for community use of the sports and meeting facilities without compromising the security of the school.