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Aedas designs school in the shadow of Blackpool Tower

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Aedas has submitted plans for this £4.5 million three-storey school in the heart of Blackpool town centre.

The 1,500m2 St John's primary school, on Church Street, has been commissioned by Blackburn Diocese, with funding from the Department for Education and Skills through the Targeted Capital Fund.

Aedas said the scheme maximises space and light at the small urban site, which lies 100m from Blackpool Tower, and also described the project as being 'unusually' tall for a school building.

The rectangular building is clad with a shiplap terracotta facade designed to give the school 'a strongly contoured, scalloped appearance'. The facility also includes a 16-place nursery and a rooftop playground.

Robert Hopkins, associate at Aedas said: 'St John's is a school where the issues of space and light are underscored throughout the building's fabric. We have sought to create large, bright teaching and learning spaces without forgetting the need for break-out play space, where children can relax away from the dirt and noise of the street.'

Subject to planning consent, work will start on site towards the end of this year, with completion scheduled for January 2009.

by Max Thompson

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