A new 2 storey classroom extension has provided Glenfrome Primary School with the additional 6 classrooms required to become a two form entry school. Situated within Bristol, the project is part of the Council’s Capital Schools Programme.
By building on the front of the existing school, the experience and connection of the visitor, staff and pupils upon arrival to the site is transformed. The school staff have a clear unobstructed view from reception and the office of the paths, gate and access road which they did not have previously. Access to the building is improved by providing level thresholds at the main entrance and also by building the new extension at the same floor level as the main hall, direct level access from the entrance circulation space is created. This opens up more opportunities to community events. The addition of a new rear pupil entrance/ drop off point, accessed from the central external playground/courtyard establishes a visual and physical connection into the ‘heart’ of the school for the first time. As the pupils, staff and visitors leave the new front extension and rise up to join the existing building views out to the playground and playing fields beyond open up.
Reflecting the form and rhythm of the existing building, a further single classroom was added to the end of the existing western wing. This was completed during the summer in 2013 to a tight 6 week programme. The addition acknowledges its surroundings whilst expressing itself as a contemporary addition; using appropriate materials for its orientation. It’s location assists the internal organisation of the school’s year groups for a 2 form entry, by completing the wing with four classes.