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St Joseph’s Primary School, Bishop Stortford

As part of the priority school programme additional primary places are required in Bishops Stortford from September 2020. This project aims to provide suitable accommodation for an additional 105 pupil places at St Joseph’s Primary School.

This will expand from a 1.5FE to a 2FE school, with additional Nursery places. The proposed development is for a new 420 pupil primary school on the existing school site. The Gross External Floor area of the new development is 2348m², with the main classroom and administration accommodation being two storey.

The existing site is within the town’s Green Belt and is constrained on multiple sides by the surrounding mature tree line, Sport England playing fields and existing school building. To maintain as much of the existing tree line as possible and for the school to continue to operate, the new school building location needed to be carefully considered.

The building is split into three interlocking blocks; teaching block, administration and shared spaces, community spaces. These three forms are articulated in plan, section and the overall architecture.