This project is a £28.5m all-through School located in the heart of the city on the former Police Station, Coroners and Magistrates Courts site.
The site includes the change of use and careful refurbishment of a 1920’s Grade II Listed former Coroners Court which had stood empty since 2012.
The project also includes the complete internal remodel of the former Magistrates Court, a four storey 1960’s building which has also stood empty for the same amount of time.
Alongside the two retained buildings on the site, the project also included the demolition of a number of other buildings including the former 1950’s Police Station, which had been identified as a building of ‘local significance’.
At the start of the project one of the first services Noviun undertook was to review the entire existing building stock against a traditional educational environment. This included reviewing the space standards, technical requirements such as building regulations, acoustic and daylight performance, building longevity and suitability for its future purpose.
The Police Station, although of significance to the local area, was not suitable on any of the above requirements to be reused as an educational facility.
Noviun worked closely with the local authority, including the heritage officer, on the justification of both the demolition of the buildings on the site and the proposals for the listed building.
The new build element that replaced the demolished building had its design influenced by both the mitigating factors of removing the Police Station and also the impact on the listed setting of the retained and refurbished Listed Court building.
The Aspirations Academy Trust
The school will be part of the Aspirations Academies Trust who already run three very successful schools in Bournemouth and Poole; Jewell Academy, Bournemouth and Ocean Academy and Magna Academy in Poole and once fully operational, will cater for pupils aged between 4 and 19 years, with a planned start-up of 150 pupils.
Since 2009 Bournemouth has been experiencing a rapid rise in its population of children requiring school places. From 2009 to 2016 an additional 3183 mainstream school places have been created in the borough.
The number of Secondary age children in Bournemouth has started to increase as these children reach Secondary school age.
Bournemouth’s school pupil forecasts indicate that up to an additional 9 forms of entry (270 places) in Year 7 will need to be introduced over the period 2019 to 2025.
The project includes for:
- The refurbishment of the existing Grade II Listed Coroners Court to form the six form educational facility.
- The refurbishment of the existing Magistrates Court and multi-storey car park to form the Primary School and associated play areas.
- Demolition of the former Police Station and associated accommodation buildings and garages.
- A new 5 storey Secondary School block.
The site will be extensively landscaped with appropriate facilities for the School; including social spaces, play areas, parking and maintenance access.
The project is due for completion in 2021, keep an eye on our News page for updates.