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The Rise School
Salisbury 6th Form College
“ âOverall the finish on the building is of a very high standard. Our view is that compared to the sort of educational establishments we have seen that this is better than others, and many others in the field have agreed itâs better than theyâve experienced before too.â âThe educational space is really good; itâs very light and brighter and bigger than our expectations,â she said. âMcAvoy had to deal with a very challenging design due to the restrictions placed on it by the adjacent church. We couldnât have windows along an entire wall of a classroom so we were afraid it might be dark, however, the way they designed it was very clever and with the borrowed light from the atrium itâs very bright.â She said the students were very pleased with their new college and were âvoting with their feetâ by happily congregating in the social spaces due to its light and airy feel and comfortable design. Ms Clarkson said McAvoy had to deal with a number of issues of bureaucracy including the possibility of archaeological sensitive in the environs of the school and neighbouring church. Despite that, she said McAvoyâs offsite manufacturing processes allowed for the commencement of the build, regardless, preventing any excessive delays. ”
Sixth form pupils in Salisbury now have a brand new building to continue their learning, offering free further education for 400 pupils aged 16 to 19.
The new Salisbury Sixth Form College marks the first dedicated sixth form college in the town as previously no such facility existed.
Once the need was identified, McAvoy was awarded a contract to deliver the ambitious project within a tight timeframe.
The scheme, which first involved the removal of a derelict building, was completed on schedule and within budget, and was delivered despite the most challenging weather conditions over the winter months.
Set on a split-level site at Tollgate Road, Salisbury, the new construction encompassed a four-storey build; a two-storey offsite solution was installed on top of a two-storey rapid build construction.
The building features Trespa cladding with coloured PPCA aluminium panels, with the overall build incorporating modular roof cassettes and a VRF mechanical system.
Meeting sustainability criteria, the new school structure used air sourced heat pumps and zero maintenance cladding, with its BREEAM pre assessment being deemed ‘very good’.
Internally, it was specially designed with a layout deemed optimal for sixth form college teaching.
The total gross internal floor area of the college stretches across 3150m2, which subdivides into four main learning zones including STEM (science, technology (including computing), engineering and mathematics); humanities, arts and media; and performing arts and sports. The learning zones are supplemented by an achievement and progress centre, social spaces, staff and administration offices, and kitchen/dining facilities.
McAvoy demolished all the existing buildings and, in order to mitigate the extent of earthworks required, the existing topography was utilised, with the new build set within the existing retaining structures. The use of the former structures minimised the new scheme’s impact on the existing boundary walls and surrounding trees, both within and overhanging the site.
The building environs now boast a complementary fusion of hard-surfaced and soft landscaped areas, which incorporate learning, growing and exhibition zones. These create a series of interconnected spaces with varying characteristics, which can be used to enhance teaching methods and social interaction.
Extending throughout the building is a lofty, brightly-lit atrium space, creating drama and providing a visual connection between all floors.
Around this the college’s key social spaces are grouped; to the lower ground floor is an open-plan cafe and informal study area which is overlooked by the concourse and a first floor balcony common room. These create an active, focal hub at the building’s heart which is further animated by mezzanine walkways at the upper floor levels. This atrium also provides borrowed natural light to some of the accommodation located internally and on the western elevation where the installation of windows was prohibited.
Prior to the build, the architects had to assess the impact of the scheme on the sight lines of the neighbouring St. Martin’s Church and surrounding conservation area. Such considerations were dictated by the Millford Hill Conservation Area Appraisal, published by Wiltshire Council in 2013.
However, following a visual study of the effect the new school could pose on views of St Martin’s Church from St Martin’s Church Street and a number of neighbouring listed buildings, the new building’s roofline fell far below the church’s ridgeline and would therefore have no impact on views of the church and other protected properties.
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