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Catmose Campus, Oakham by EllisMiller Architects

[Drawings + project data] A realisation of a clear architectural diagram with core principles of legibility, accessibility and adaptability

Catmose Campus rejects the current fashion in schools design for unnecessary external treatments and asymmetrical shapes in favour of an unabashed modernism in the tradition of the early British hi-tech movement.

Designed on a rigorous grid system, structure and services are coordinated to allow partitions to be moved to create a wide range of room sizes while demountable acoustic partitions are used to allow classroom clusters to be used in various configurations.

All blockwork walls are non-structural so that they can be easily demolished if major changes are required.

We wanted the ceiling design to expose the thermal mass of the concrete so we used a range of ceiling rafts incorporating acoustic attenuation and lighting. These elements were coordinated with other services to minimise visual impact but maximise servicing flexibility.
Jonathan Ellis-Miller, director, EllisMiller

Project data

Client Catmose College/Rutland County Council
Architect  EllisMiller
Main contractor Galliford Try
Structural engineer Elliott Wood
Services engineer up to RIBA Stage E
Max Fordham
Services engineer Stage F onwards
Jackson Coulson Partnership
Quantity surveyor Henry Riley
Landscape architect Rummey Design
Procurement route Design and build
Gross internal area 1,434m2
Total project cost £23,217,172
Start on site August 2009
Completion February 2011
CAD package Vectorworks

Specified products

Foldable partitions
DORMA Moveo Movable Wall system. MDF outer
boards bonded to aluminium frame. Acoustic core,
Semi-gloss black and white face finish
WC cubicles
Grant Westfield. Bespoke design based on
Westfield Facade Flush Cubicle System, with
acoustic separation and services integration. Hand
washing and drying facilities built into cubicle
partitions. Frames filled with Rockwool sound
insulation. Approximate acoustic separation 45dB
Pneumatic ETFE foil cushion roofing
Novum Structures. Supported in aluminium
perimeter extrusions
Central atrium lighting
Whitecroft Atlanta
Polycarbonate cladding
Rodeca Multi-Wall purpose-made
translucent panels.
Timber flooring
Junckers solid hardwood flooring
(sprung in sports hall)
Rubber flooring tiles


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