The project is a replacement school building for the existing Mayfield School and its 1,510 pupils.
The original school was built in the 1930s with separate halves for boys and girls. Since then the school has become mixed and an all-through school for children aged between four and 16.
The existing facilities are no longer suitable for a modern curriculum and requiring ongoing maintenance and repair to continue running.
In it’s place will be an ‘All-Through’ school catering for pupils from Nursery to Secondary ages.
Included in the design of the new building there will be outdoor sports pitches and an innovative STEAM Centre focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. Subjects that use creative methods of learning.
The constrained site, existing building and local context has had a significant impact on the design.
Portsmouth City Council’s Head of Education, Councillor Suzy Horton said:
‘Mayfield was one of the first schools I visited when becoming cabinet member for education. I was so impressed with their dedication to a range of subjects.
‘Combined with the new design this will only be heightened as it reflects the ethos that the school already has for its young people.’
In addition the proposed building is to be built completely in brick, sharing a similar palette of colours to the existing building.
Furthermore as part of the design, existing elements of the building have been retained and integrated into the new site layout.
The existing portico will be reused as an external performance space and existing Bath stone reclaimed to display art on the proposed entrance pathway.
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