Melksham Oak Community School

Spaces To Learn

Spaces for learning need to be functional yet inspiring. Perfect for the present yet fit for the future. Designed for learning yet built with wellbeing in mind. At Footprint Architects, we know how to strike that balance.

As specialists in creating educational spaces, we understand how top-quality design shapes experiences at school. Our award-winning projects focus on meeting the needs of the students, helping them be the best they can be.

Listening to your ambitions

We listen to what you want to achieve, ask about your future plans and encourage you to think about sustainability. That gives us the brief we need to create designs that tick all the boxes, whether that’s creating a campus-feel, revitalising tired teaching spaces or starting from scratch. 


Peter Ward, our RIBA accredited design advisor for education, defines the brief for the team. He’ll be on hand throughout the design and construction stages as the Footprint Architects team bring your design to life.


Expertise in education

  • Refurbishing and repurposing school buildings

  • Strategic masterplanning of the existing school estate and future growth

  • SEN schools, including alternative provision

  • Immersive sensory learning environments and pupil referral units

  • Technical design advice

  • Early Years Foundation Stage, primary school and secondary school expansions

  • Sixth form and college developments

  •  Modern methods of construction and prefabricated school builds

  • Carbon Zero and Passive house standard buildings


Our School Projects


How much will my project cost?

This is dependent on many varying factors, including whether you are extending, renovating, converting or building a new home. There are also a number of different elements that will effect the outcome of cost, including varying site conditions, the age and existing condition of your property, history of the site, and more. It is common to quote square metre rates and whilst this is a good starting point, the overall project spend has to consider:

  • the specification of interior finishes and fixtures, which could double the cost of your project from a house of standard specification
  • abnormal site conditions – ground conditions, site access, drainage, tree roots etc.
  • legal and professional fees (including the cost of borrowing) and surveys
  • renewable energy investment
We have a wealth of experience from our varied projects completed over the last 10 years, so please feel free to contact us and we will be able to help you build a picture of the likely cost for your project. There are also some great online resources and we’d recommend visiting the Home Building and Renovating website, which is a great place to start.

How do I get planning permission?

We have a 100% approval rate of planning applications in Dorset and Hampshire and have built great relationships with the planning officers as a result. Our great record of successful applications means we understand how to approach the process, but as with every project, the process differs from scheme to scheme. If you would like to know more about the planning process, we have put together a brief guide for you. You can download this above, or follow the link below.

Why do I need an architect?

An architect can see potential in every project where others may not. We pride ourselves on identifying small details that will make a difference to your project, and on getting planning permission first time around.

Do you work with listed buildings and projects in conservation areas and national parks?

Yes! As we mentioned above, we have a very successful planning approval rate, including success in the green belt and the New Forest National Park. We were also awarded the Winner of the New Forest National Park Building Design Awards 2019 for Best Conservation to a listed farm house.


What scale of projects have you experience working on?

Footprint have proven experience and have been working with clients in the education sector ranging from £150,000 extensions to single primary schools, CIF bids and works for academies, masterplanning for multi academy trust, new SEN school provision, school expansion projects for councils up to circa £6m, refurbishing department areas in FE as well as multi million pound new build projects in a Technical Advisor capacity within London. We love to engage with staff and pupils and are currently delivering an ‘emerging technologies’ teaching unit over 3 terms for a school in London.

Do you have experience with SEN and alternative provision schools?

Yes, we currently have a live ESFA funded alternative provision school due to for completion in Summer 2019. We have completed a bespoke autism specific learning environment for post 16 pupils with Asperger’s Syndrome / Higher Functioning Autism, a replacement classroom building for supporting young people with a comprehensive range of special education needs and disabilities, and a 60 place primary school campus designed to cater for children with autism spectrum conditions (ASC).

Have you worked with the council in our area before?

We have worked with a variety of stakeholders and councils on some of our community and education projects. These include Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Poole, Wiltshire, as well as some boroughs within London.



Frequently Asked Questions

RIBA Client Advisor

At Footprint Architects, we are the appointed design and technical advisor for school and community developments across London and The South. We share our specialist knowledge, experience to help build spaces that not only meet the brief but are sustainable and fit for the future.


Our specialist experience:

  • Strategic decision-making and formulating the brief

  • Stakeholder consultation and design brief development

  • Feasibility studies and development of option appraisals

  • Review of contractors’ proposals and construction stage

  • Progress reviews and periodic inspection of quality and compliance during the construction process


The People We Work With


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  • BCP Council 

  • Dorset Council 

  • Wiltshire Council 

  • Redbridge Council

  • Lambeth Council 

  • Barnet Council 

  • Melksham Oak Community School

  • The Eaglewood School 

  • Linwood School 

  • Jewell Academy 

  • Downton CE Primary School 

  • Heathlands Primary School 

  • The Woodroffe School 

  • Bournemouth and Poole Collage

  • Bransgore CE Primary School

  • Belmont Mill Hill Preparatory School 

  • Holbrook Primary School 

  • Silverwood School 

  • Magna Academy 

  • Abbeyfield School 

  • Kingdown School 

  • Seven Kings School 

  • Woodford Country High School for Girls

  • Woodbridge High School 

  • Manorside Academy

  • Al Noor Primary School

  • BIM Institute

  • The White Horse Federation 

  • Acorn Education Trust

  • ​Morgan Sindal Construction 

  • Beard Construction 

  • Stepnell Ltd

  • Modulek Ltd

  • Gardiner and Theobald