Lady Bay school is a Victorian Grade II listed building and can’t currently provide the best learning environment for local children. But it can be redeveloped on its current site, with relatively little disruption to staff and children, to provide the best 21st century education and facilities.
The building with the tower has to be retained as it is grade 2 listed. But in fact it is already a flexible space and can be adapted accordingly. The rest of the site could be developed, if necessary with increased capacity, utilising a tiered structure such as that shown here (similar to the Marlborough Primary School example shown here).
A local architect, Alan Wright, has produced a series of drawings which show the sort of redevelopment of the school that we can all be proud of. His criteria for the outline plan are:
- A safe and protective boundary to the school
- An outer zone to filter out pollution
- New buildings that work together with the existing listed building
- The provision of new flexible space for school and community events
- New classrooms built to 21st century standards
- Maximum external space for social, play and educational activity
- High sustainability for the future
- A creative environment for children, staff and the community
- Adaptability for future needs and environmental improvements
- Continuity with the original building
For a lot more on the potential of the current site, see our dedicated page on Schools.
Think you can design something better? If you use Minecraft, here's your chance. Download the Lady Bay School template from this zip file and have a go at creating your own alternative design. If you don't use Minecraft, here is a YouTube video of the Minecraft model. If we aren't careful, the kids will design it for us!