Coundon Court School, Coventry
Coundon Court is a successful secondary school and specialist technology college to the north west of Coventry. It occupies a semi-rural parkland setting in designated green belt on the Coundon Wedge, an area of outstanding natural beauty. The Old House, locally listed, provides the administrative heart of the campus and focus of activities.
Appointed to design a dedicated Post-16 facility, and performing arts facility, accessible for the secondary cohort. Studies demonstrated that the site constraints highlighted only two areas for possible development, an existing ‘enclosed’ playground to a residential boundary, and the site of the existing sixth form college. The sensitivities presented by ‘Green Belt’, meant that close liaison with local conservation societies was key. Open, honest and transparent communication, formally and informally, was necessary to ensure that the needs of both parties and the environment, were met.
- John Vickers, Head Teacher at Coundon Court School
"Good architecture educates. Schools need more of this kind of building"
The development was built on the playground. The proposed SFC occupies the site of the existing Post-16 centre, adjacent to an original, but neglected pond, which has been refurbished and brought back into use. A community open evening, prior to submission of the planning application, drew widespread interest.
The conservation society was supportive, with the belief that the designs went a long way towards improving the building and worked well with the Green Belt. Work started on site in February 2006, with handover early in 2007.
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