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St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School

project name | St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School
location | Bristol
client | Skanska/Bristol City Council
project value | £24 million
contract | BSF Framework Award / Bespoke Design & Build
project brief | St Mary Redcliffe and Temple is a 1080 student secondary school located in the centre of Bristol, on a highly constrained site more suited to a 420 place primary school.

Cube_design was appointed to develop an educational masterplan that led to the demolition of two existing buildings; and the construction of a new four-storey building that minimised the building footprint to maximize external play area. The 8600sqm new build accommodation includes Design Technology, Music, Drama, Food Technology, Textiles, Art, Science, ICT, Modern Foreign Languages, English, Maths, Drama and a Sports Hall with associated changing facilities.

Central to the design solution was the integration of a lightweight fabric canopy, which forms an external street that links and unifies the existing and new facilities under one footprint. The glazed façade of the new building onto the external street offers a sense of transparency and integration between the old and new facilities. Departments are clustered together across the four-storey building, linked via the central street now at the heart of the school. The design offers new opportunities, including a covered play area for all weather conditions.    

appointment | August 2007
planning achieved 
| January 2009
start on site 
| February 2009
| Phase 1 (main building works) October 2010 / Phase 2 (demolition and external works) May 2011
project status 
| RIBA Work Stage 7

cube_design team | Jane Lock-Smith,  Shaun Hill, Lauren Kibble, James Baron 

project team | cube_design (Architect) | Skanska Technology (Structural & Civil Engineer) | Arup (Fire & Acoustic Consultant) | MacGregor Smith (Landscape Architect) | HCD (Building Control Approved Inspector) | Skanska (Contractor)

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