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Associated Architects unveils riverside school refurb

Associated Architects has completed the £20m redevelopment of Yarm School, in Stockton on Tees

The Birmingham-based practice has upgraded and expanded facilities for the independent private day school at its two sites within the historic town of Yarm.

At the senior school site a new academic building containing naturally ventilated classrooms and a multi-use dance and drama space has been built alongside the River Tees.

An auditoium with seating for 800 people and a flexible music performance space, are connected to the teaching block by a double-height entrance foyer, with views of the river.

The project also included the relocation of an existing dining hall and kitchen extension, the refurbishment of the school’s sports facilities with the creation of underground changing rooms.

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At the seperate preparatory school site a teaching block has been refurbished and extended and the sports hall facilities have been modernised

Building was phased over four years to allow the school to remain fully operational throughout the construction process. 

Architect’s view

Barbora Bott, lead Architect, Associated Architects

Although the site offered some interesting challenges, we’ve delivered a flexible design, that’s attractive as well as practical, providing students of Yarm School the facilities to realise their full potential.

Project data

Start on site 2008
Date of completion 2012
Gross internal floor area 4,228m²
Total cost £20million
Form of contract Traditional
Client Yarm School
Architect Associated Architects LLP
Structural engineer Shire Consulting
M&E Engineer LEDA
Quantity surveyor LPS
Main contractor Miller Construction
CDM coordinator Tracey Kirby

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