DCa were commissioned to design a new link extension for Ousedale School in Newport Pagnell, to provide a display facility, as well as a space for ancillary uses associated with the wellbeing of students and staff. The scheme incorporates landscaping to revitalise the existing courtyard to enhance its aesthetic appearance and usability.

The project has successfully delivered:

  • new accesses to improve circulation and accessibility;
  • purpose designed wall space to allow the link to cater for the display of artwork;
  • a contemporary link embracing the rhythm of the existing façade;
  • controlled continuing visibility between the hall and the courtyard;
  • an attractive landscaped courtyard space enhancing the new wellbeing centre and offering increased usability.

The exterior design takes it cues from the regular rhythm of full height glazed openings that envelope the hall and adjacent classrooms. Views through to the courtyard are framed by vertical slot windows that maintain visual links to the outdoor space through the new wellbeing centre.

New full height automatically controlled double doors are aligned on the axis of the courtyard that adopts a symmetry reflected in the paving design, raised planted beds and timber seating. The axial route is extended into the hall allowing the indoor and outdoor spaces to be used individually or collectively.

The sleek render finish and subtle detailing adds a contemporary character to the façade, complementing the masonry finish on the northern side and contrasting with the retained glazed facades to the eastern and western edges of the courtyard.

Large rooflights wash the wellbeing centre with natural light, with feature track spotlighting providing directional lighting to the walls and display space. The bright gallery style space allows borrowed light to penetrate into the adjoining hall and circulation areas as well as adding visual interest to what has become a refreshed part of the school campus.

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