Lytchett Minster School occupies a Grade II* listed building within a designed landscape.
Following a fire, a significant part of its accommodation consisted of temporary buildings and the County Council wished to build new facilities to replace those lost and to provide for the schools’ wider curriculum needs.
The concept was bold and simple using quality materials in a form that complements both the architecture of the main house and that of the new buildings.
A range of formal outdoor courtyards were created for teaching and social use.
Safe dedicated cycle routes were provided on and off site.
The physical and visual impact of parking was reduced in new woodland car park, with appropriate planting and use of ‘no-dig’ construction.
‘It has been admired widely and people are very appreciative of the impact it has had on softening the profile of that building and merging the new accommodation with the established atmosphere of the site. The transition of levels and softness of shapes clearly work well and the planting, in good flower currently, is very attractive’