Kents Hill campus project incorporates a group of new buildings on a green field site comprises three schools, mainstream primary, secondary and SEND, co-located on the same site and sharing some buildings and facilities. The site presented the following challenges: the ground slopes up to 5m in two directions and it is located close to a major highway. In order to address the site ground levels the facilities were separated into four: 2 storey primary school; 4 storey secondary school; 2 storey SEND school; and a shared sports hall and playing fields. A bridge was introduced as access to the secondary school at 1st floor level to minimise earthworks.
The playing fields and car parking also required extensive landscaping.
Special features include:
- Design solution for sloping site levels.
- Additional detailing for the highway facing elevations to accommodate the acoustic requirements.
- Cut & fill modelling to locate the optimum position of all the components and limit the amount of spoil removed.