Photography by Daniel Hopkinson
By removing storage spaces down either side of the hall of Gorse Covert School and adding tapered, glazed extensions, the hall has the necessary increase in area, improved daylighting and a focus towards the north wall, which helps define an adjacent 'stage' area on the floor of the hall.
The same oblique geometry, in plan and section, has also been used to create a new storage building alongside the hall. Apart from replacing lost storage space from the hall itself, its location closes an existing courtyard, making a safe haven for children's play. And the storage building and adjacent hall frame a new (secondary) entrance to the school by day and to the hall for out-of-school-hours use. Materials, geometry and new lighting create a sense of dramatic arrival and occasion for the school.
The structural engineer was Booth King Partnership; quantity surveyor Warrington Martin; contractor Haley Bros (Builders).