FROME VALLEY FIRST SCHOOL
An existing school is to relocate to a new site with nursery, primary school and church, in the part of Crossways village which has recently been extended. The timber-clad sustainable buildings by John Pardey Architects are integrated into the field landscape, planted with new native species hedges and wild-flower meadows. The courtyard site-plan for the school creates central circulation space with a playground and outdoor classroom. Individual gardens are located adjacent to the classrooms.
The meadow and hedges create the rural context for the school and assist in the ‘borrowing’ of the surrounding landscape. They improve the quality of the habitat and make connections with the history of the landscape as former pastoral fields. It is anticipated a new wetland will be funded and created by the school.
Client: Diocese of Salisbury
Architect: John Pardey Architects