The Lancaster School Leicester, UK

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Client

Leicester Miller Education Company

Location

Leicester

Value

£14M

Sector

Education

Redeveloping original buildings enabled a substantial increase in students.

Lancaster School is an existing non-selective secondary school for boys aged 11 to 16. BSF funding allowed for it to be redeveloped to increase its roll from 940 to 1,200 pupils.

The main school building now sits on the site of the old gymnasium and in front of the original 3-storey section of the school building. A glazed link between the building and the original hall forms a double-height entrance and reception.

The building is arranged in a simple L shape, with the main teaching spaces on the outer perimeter on all 3 floors.

The central area is designed to accommodate a triple-height dining space, which forms the heart of the main school building.

The main entrance is signified by an over-sailing canopy at high level, and the new teaching spaces are organised into clear faculty groups for easy wayfinding. Existing spaces are also re-distributed to reinforce this strategy.

Throughout the project, we carefully distributed new and existing spaces to encourage quick navigation between educational units.

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