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£17 Million Specialist School Takes Shape

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Brannel SchoolConstruction of the £17 million new state of the art Brannel School is making good progress on site at St Stephen, Cornwall.

The new building for the specialist English and Performing Arts school has been designed by HLM Architects, and is being built by Kier Western Truro to replace the old school buildings which have aged beyond economic repair.

The new facilities will provide 6,622 sq m of teaching space for up to 750 pupils, as well as a theatre, performing arts spaces, multi use games area, all weather floodlit sports pitch, outdoor amphitheatre and a specialist Area Resource Base to cater for up to 12 pupils with special needs.Brannel School

The building has been designed to provide maximum flexibility, and includes integrated ICT facilities to provide further opportunities to increase personalised learning and enable the school to take advantage of future developments in classroom technology.

The buildings will meet the latest environmental standards with ground source heating, solar water heating and green roofs and is expected to achieve the Excellent BREEAM rating.Brannel School

Pupils from all years at Brannel School have been closely involved with the design of their new school building and Headteacher Ray Bell says that their involvement is resulting in the creation of a very special place of learning.

“Our pupils, staff and members of the local community have worked intelligently and creatively with HLM architects and Cornwall Council staff” he said, “What a privilege it is for us all to play a part in designing such wonderful new facilities”.Brannel School

Caroline Buckingham, Director at HLM Architects, added “Brannel School will have an immense impact on the china clay area that it serves and the new facilities will provide access for the whole community to life-long learning. It will be a welcoming and exciting place for learning, providing students, staff and the local community with a healthy, challenging, inspirational and transformational learning environment.”

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