WGI's brief at Leeds' Temple Moor High School was to completely
refurbish a community school housed in predominantly 1950s school
buildings originally designed to house 550 students, into a new
learning environment for 1220, with specialist provision for 30
students with high care needs. A particular challenge was the
legacy ground floor environment that presented 17 different floor
levels, clearly far from ideal for children with physical
difficulties. Not only this, but refurbishment had to be phased
with the minimum disruption during term time.
The use of light and space in the design allowed full circulation
around the entire school without having to leave the building. This
improved movement throughout the school and reduced transfer times.
Wide learning zones replaced corridors, allowing students and staff
to work openly together, stimulating enthusiasm and enhancing
collaborative learning. New build science, technology and sports
areas are also featured. The project has provoked highly positive
reaction from staff, students and Education Leeds alike. WGI
attributes much of the success of the £20 million project to a
strong partnership approach and robust team relationships.
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