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.