Downton Primary School

School Expansion
Build Architecture Awards 2018
Salisbury Civic Society Commendation 2018

Downton, Wiltshire

Following on from their award winning entrance pavilion extension and an external classroom at Downton Primary School, Footprint Architects have designed a contemporary new classroom development.

The two storey development provides additional KS2 classrooms, group space and ancillary accommodation for the primary school. The concept provides unique contemporary teaching spaces that allows the school to expand from a 1FE to a 1.5FE, yet ensuring that the overall communal feel of the existing school is not lost. The use of brick, clay roof tile and the gable form ties the proposal to the existing school, whilst contemporary detailing and Rodeca allows the school to be light, efficient and adaptable to modern teaching.

The design allows the school to become more flexible with its spaces. Internal bi-fold doors will allow the school to create an optional corridor within the main hall, therefore increasing required capacity for school assemblies and community events. This also allows the hall to remain private and undisturbed when being utilised for teaching.

‘We love the new part of the school because it is cosy and it feels like we are at home, this helps us with our learning.’ Year 6 Student

‘We love the large windows that give us a wonderful view and let the sunlight in’ Year 5 Student

‘It looks so smart, I feel really proud.’ Year 4 Student

Translucent glazing – Rodecca 
Fixed furniture – Portsdown Office Limited

Downton primary school in Wiltshire has a new red brick extension and red and white classroom extension
white empty main school hall with a projector and large square lights in Downton primary school in Wiltshire
a large classroom with tables and blue chairs in the modern extension at Downton Primary School in Wiltshire
red brick classroom extension with a large window and glazing on Downton primary school in Wiltshire
A close up shot of the large window on the classroom extension at Downton Primary School in Wiltshire
white modern classroom with green shelves and bespoke storage design in Downton primary school in Wiltshire
red and green gender neutral modern school toilet design in Downton primary school in Wiltshire
green gender-neutral modern school toilet design in Downton primary school in Wiltshire
modern hallway leading to classroom with green shelves and colourful pegs and storage in Downton primary school in Wiltshire
modern classroom design with plywood teaching wall and concrete effect vinyl flooring in Downton Primary school in Wiltshire
external steps at school with brick construction, grey windows and chopped pitch roof
elevation of brick school building with detailed window - view from the field
animated architectural drawing of the red brick extension and red and white transparent extension at Downton primary school
new school programme and flow concept sketch of the floorpan for the extension on Downton primary school
design concept sketch for the extension on Downton primary school in Wiltshire showing the school ground and ways of access