Rocester’s new school is the result of both the relocation of Dove First and Ryecroft Middle Schools combining into a single campus; creating a one form entry Primary and two form entry Middle School. Inclusive stakeholder engagement explored how sharing facilities could benefit both schools whilst retaining their unique identities and respective teaching concepts.

In order to maintain their unique identities the two schools are located either side of the central communal spaces which act as a cohesive environment, affording equal use to both schools, a gathering point for all, including community out of hours use.

Developing on a  ‘Greenfield’ site offered a variety of complex challenges including: visual amenity, topography and flood mitigation. A considered solution coupled with the sensitive location and orientation of the building resulted in a design solution that silhouettes the buildings comfortably within the existing landscape.