Bonus Pastor Catholic College campuses open

Bonus Pastor Catholic College campuses open

Aug 07, 2013

Bonus Pastor Catholic College is a five-form secondary school occupying two separate sites on the Winlaton and Churchdown campuses. The buildings were occupied by approximately 750 pupils in September 2012 and the landscaping works were completed in the Spring of 2013.

The existing school was fully operational during the construction works and as a result the new school buildings were constructed closer to the local amenity Green Chain Walk. In response to this, the external envelope concept was developed to use colours associated with the woodland and reflect the changing nature of those colours through the seasons, whilst providing a contemporary colour palette for the school.

Both buildings are designed as a series of interlocking spaces, rather than rooms off corridors, with break-out and circulation spaces providing opportunities for informal learning and display. Glimpses from one space to another both allow for practical supervision and create a sense of journey through the interlocking elements.

Equally important to the quality of the design are those elements not so obvious at first glance. Solar panels, green and brown roofs, thermal efficiency, predominantly natural ventilation and landscaping, designed to encourage bio-diversity, all contribute to providing a sustainable design.