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By David Macdonald

Bohunt School starts on site

This new 900 pupil secondary academy for Bohunt Education Trust aims to maximise education potential in spaces designed to promote STEM.

ECE Architecture, working in partnership with Willmott Dixon Construction, West Sussex County Council, and sponsors, Bohunt Educational Trust, has developed the design from the EFA superblock baseline.

The efficiently planned three storey teaching building, with a full height atrium dining space at its heart, was developed in Revit by the entire design team. Federated architectural, structural, service and FF&E models has assisted stakeholders in understanding the scheme and develop spaces to meet their educational needs. Teaching, science and technology spaces wrap around the main hall and atrium, with lightweight internal construction allowing future flexibility.

ECE_Bohunt School Worthing

The project forms the final stage of the Northbrook College masterplan, developed and delivered by ECE Architecture and ECE Planning, which released college brownfield land for the new school.

Leigh Hunnikin, Project Manager for West Sussex County Council said:

“It has been a delight to work with ECE on this new 900 place Secondary School for Worthing. Client and End User requests for changes have been met with unwavering patience. The site is compact but the final design makes the very best use of the constraints and I do not doubt will provide an exciting learning centre for the children of Worthing.”

The white rendered form of the building has been designed to complement the new Northbrook College buildings, and to provide a visually cohesive educational campus. The school and community will also benefit from a Sport England Standard 4-court sports hall and Multi Use Games Area.

Neil Strowger, the CEO of Bohunt Educational trust said:

“There is now a real feeling of momentum and excitement. We are confident that our plans, both for the building and the curriculum, will deliver outstanding education.”

The new facility is on track to open its doors to students in May 2016.

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