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Welcoming students to the recently completed Winterstoke Hundred Academy

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by AHR


We are delighted to share the completion of our 900-place, Winterstoke Hundred Academy expansion project in Weston-super-Mare.

Meeting the needs of the local community, the school’s expansion is a welcome response to the growing families in the area, with plans for continuous growth each year.

Creating efficient and purposeful use of the space, the project is split into two separate buildings, one for the main teaching block and another for the sports facilities. The main teaching building, a stepped structure across three floors, is thoughtfully organised around a central space.

The single storey sports building offers expansive, versatile spaces for a range sports and leisure activities.

Enhancing the educational landscape further, the fantastic learning facility includes a new multi-use games area, sports playing fields and external spaces for learning and socialising.

It was a fulfilling experience to visit the finished school and I hope the students enjoy the new space and the opportunities it holds.

Congratulations to everyone involved, it’s been wonderful to work alongside a great team for the past three years.”

Frances Cobley

Project Architect
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Sustainability at the heart

The design places a strong emphasis on incorporating passive design principles, focussing on strategies aimed at minimising the building’s energy consumption. Considering elements such as the building’s orientation, form and massing, as well as optimising the building fabric and natural daylighting.

There is a large array of photovoltaic panels on the main building roof, which contributes to net zero operation carbon for the building’s energy use.

The building has been designed to have a positive effect on wellbeing for the staff and students with views out to the countryside beyond and wide naturally lit circulation.

The school facilities are also intended to be used by the community outside of school hours, utilising the sports facilities and the main halls, for community events and performances, bringing a positive impact to the wider community.

Keep an eye out as we share more details of the project as well as its professional photography soon. In the meantime, you can explore more of our meaningful and sustainable learning environments by visiting our sector page here.

Posted on:

Jan 4th 2024