Heathlands Primary School

New Build + Refurbishment

Bournemouth, Dorset

Footprint Architects were appointed to design a scheme for the refurbishment and extension of Heathlands Primary School located at West Howe, Bournemouth. The existing accommodation included a nursery, reception, Sure Start centre and primary classrooms with adjacent admin and staff rooms; all set out over single-storey ground floor level only.

The primary school now incorporates a specialist Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) unit within its site and existing buildings. Two new modular buildings have been constructed on the site providing additional accommodation for both the primary school and ASD unit.

The existing school has been refurbished externally with new windows and doors, and new roof coverings where required. Internal refurbishment includes re-modelling of the classroom wing and redecoration of the majority of the existing school. The existing annex to the south has been demolished. Refurbishment of existing services includes the heating and hot and cold water systems. The Project was completed March 2014.

Main Contractor Greendale Construction

timber clad school exterior with glazing and playground in the new build and refurbishment for Heathlands primary school
busy primary school classroom with wooden storage and skylight in the new build and refurbishment in Heathlands primary school


‘Footprint Architects have performed above our expectations. The team are up to date with the latest technology developments and have innovative and fresh ideas. They delivered an excellent scheme and the school is overwhelmed with pride and compliments. Bournemouth Borough Council will certainly recommend their services and would love to have the opportunity to work with them again.’ – Client Project Manager, Bournemouth Borough Council

‘Footprint Architects supported the school with the inception of the new and transformation of our old school buildings and listened closely to the ideas of the children, parents and staff. Their clear understanding of the needs of the school, combined with their approachability and dedication to the job made them a pleasure to work with and the finished product is outstanding.’ – Sarah Dunn, Head Teacher, Heathlands Primary School

primary school library with glazing and timber clad wall in the new build and refurbishment at Heathlands primary school
colourful primary school bathrooms with green and purple cubicles in the refurbishment at heathlands primary school
white and blue school hallway with 'team', 'sparkle', 'aspire' on the wall in the refurbishment at Heathlands primary school
white and blue and yellow school hallway with 'team' and 'sparkle' vinyl motifs on the wall in Heathlands primary school