County Council Designers Scoop top National Award
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
Hampshire County Council's in-house Property Services team has received further national recognition for their design and conservation work at the Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Government (SCALA) Civic Building of the Year Awards 2013.
Barncroft Primary School, Leigh Park, Havant, picked up the award for the best educational project of the year. This is particularly significant as this is a very sustainable and cost effective project which enabled the retention and transformation of an existing school building.
The SCALA awards celebrate the best of public sector architecture and are deemed the most prestigious building design awards in the public sector. They aim to promote the development of high quality public buildings through the formal recognition of excellence in design and construction.
Barncroft Primary School is a new two form entry (420 places) primary school in the centre of Leigh Park, formed through the amalgamation of the former infant and junior schools, on to the former junior school site.
Thanks to Hampshire County Council's Property Services team, the original junior school building has been retained, refurbished and extended into a contemporary and transformational, 21st century learning environment to serve the school and wider community of Leigh Park.
The building includes 14 classrooms, a community focused discovery centre, various multi-use spaces, nurture facilities, a reading recovery space, main hall, e-learning centre, and a 26 place pre-school. A welcoming courtyard is next to the entrance of the school and a central courtyard at the heart of the school gives direct access from class bases and the discovery centre.
The reading recovery and e-learning facilities have been designed to act as centres of excellence for schools in this area of Hampshire with the intention that teaching staff from other schools can also come to the new school to observe and further develop their skills..
Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council and Executive Member for Policy and Resources, said: "We take very seriously the fact that the quality of our public buildings in Hampshire has huge significance in terms of shaping communities and providing residents and the people in our care with attractive and inspirational surroundings.
"This latest recognition builds on the already outstanding reputation of Hampshire's Property Services in school design, and I would like to congratulate all those involved in this project."