Working with the client, the design and construction team were able to submit planning within eight weeks of the initial engagement.
The SPACE design approach combines the key adjacency arrangements of the DfE baseline designs with compliant output specification, a standardised structural & building services approach and daylight strategies. Whilst providing a DfE-compliant solution, it also focuses on delivering flexibility in the standardised design, as evidenced by the success of Belle Vue Academy. The school has a real focus on its community, and as such, community use areas are included in the design at the 'heart' of the building. Safe Pedestrian access, the flexibility of teaching spaces, and key performance and community spaces accessed off the primary central 'street' are also important features of the overall design.
"The team at SPACE have been really impressive in the way that they have taken time to listen to our requirements, reiterate the design, provide credible advice and guidance while all the while ensuring that the project stays on track, on time and within the requirements that the framework demands," explained Steve Brice, Executive Headteacher of the Co-operative Academies Trust.