- Client Name:
- Cumbria County Council
As part of the government initiative for ‘extended schools’, this project integrated community and school use within a single flexible building. The design solution created two distinct wings, linked by a central café area, that extended out from the existing school building. The practice worked very closely with the variety of stakeholders, including Sure Start and a number of community based groups. Through workshops and group meetings the disparate interests that could have otherwise been potentially divisive enabled a successful platform that was both collaborative and inventive. The process was one that achieved not only a robust and distinctive community facility but also one which has strengthened a social community for the future.
A subsequent extension to the project was recently completed providing two additional classrooms, learning resource area, and improved staff accommodation.