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SCAPE project to bring much-needed school places to community

Morgan Sindall


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Oak Grange Tooping Out ceremony

Oak Grange Primary School, a SCAPE project in Derby, recently celebrated its topping out milestone, following the completion of the external structure and roof.

A ceremony took place to mark the progress made on the new school and it is now on track to open in September, ready for the new academic year.

SCAPE, in collaboration with its partner, Morgan Sindall Construction, started work on the Oak Grange project last August after it was procured via the SCAPE Regional Construction Framework.

The school is being built within the Snelsmoor Grange housing developments, The Meadows and Holbrook Grange. As well as the new development at Fellow Lands Way in Chellaston, the addition of 990 new homes is creating demand for primary school places in the area.

It’s wonderful to see Oak Grange Primary School reach this exciting milestone. The school will be at the heart of this new neighbourhood, becoming a hub not just for the children but the wider community.

Councillor Evonne Williams, Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Skills at Derby City Council

Lungfish Architects, part of the SCAPE Group, also designed the school to be in keeping with its agricultural surroundings whilst Morgan Sindall worked collaboratively to deliver its vision. This was achieved by prioritising the building’s elevations, with massing and roof lines identifying three key gabled ‘barns’ that are connected by glazed links, providing daylit corridors and connections to the natural world within the core of the school. The rural vernacular is also reflected by utilising metal cladding, timber and render external cladding, with deep window reveals and feature windows.

Within the local area, 40% of spend was within 20 miles and 14.78 tonnes of carbon dioxide was saved through alternative construction methods; this is the equivalent of heating five homes annually.

We are now approaching 1,700 school places delivered for Derby City Council within the last four years. Lungfish Architects is thrilled to be working closely again with the council and Morgan Sindall to provide vital school places for a growing local community. Sitting unobtrusively within the landscape, Oak Grange is an example of a rural school with links back to an agricultural past. The wealth of natural light, materials and colour palette creates an inspiring learning environment that is well connected to the world outside.

Nathan Webb, Project Architect at Lungfish Architects