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Capita appointed for Deansfield High School design

10th January 2014

Capita has been appointed by Carillion to provide architecture and landscape services on the new Deansfield High School in Wolverhampton.

The design for the school, which will house 800 11-16 students and a sixth form of 100, is a bold and contemporary three-storey design composed of brick, striated render and concrete blockwork.

The school is set in the heart of a highly economically deprived area of Wolverhampton, and the new building and grounds will provide a dramatic and exciting new learning environment to encourage high aspirations and achievement amongst its student cohort.

As well as offering state-of-the-art classrooms and open-learning areas, the school will provide the highest levels of inclusive design with facilities for a deaf resource base, a ‘carers centre’ for students looking after family members outside of school, an inclusion pod for students with behavioural issues, and ‘COG’ learning areas for all students with special needs.

The external spaces will include excellent sporting facilities, a large entrance pedestrian boulevard, a sustainable drainage pond and a species-diverse meadow environment for its entrance approach. The design development process paid high regard to close collaboration with end users to ensure their needs were understood and met, and has involved a wide range of presentations and discussion forums, including design ‘charettes’, with live drawing sessions deployed to help capture design solutions tailored to client needs.

BIM has been used to model the school throughout the design development process and the school has its own dedicated combined heat and power plant, to reduce carbon emissions to a minimum.

The school is scheduled to open in September 2015, with external works completed in April 2016.

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