Work in the education sector is one of our specialities. Working with existing, sometimes historic, school buildings is both challenging and rewarding. Judicial re-planning of the facilities results in vast improvement to the functionality of the whole building and well-integrated extensions enhance both the provision of accommodation and the quality of the learning environment. We have designed many classroom extensions and other facilities. New school halls at Ardeley (granted an East Hertfordshire Rural Design Award), St Ippolyts and Great Amwell and new Sixth Form Centres at Buntingford and Aylesbury represent our larger school projects but we have also been involved with providing nursery units, arts and science facilities. Our clients in education have been happy to return to AT4 Architects for further projects as their schools continue to develop and expand.
We have worked on a number of schools and continue to do so. The practice became involved some 20 years ago with the Diocese of St Albans and later with nursery units and junior schools in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.
Alterations to schools are particularly intricate with much more thought given to the programming and scope of the works, to enable the school to keep running while the building work is being undertaken. To date we have built three school halls, two nursery provisions attached to junior schools, seven or eight new classroom extensions as well as ancillary accommodation, car parks, play areas, staff facilities etc.
We have just completed a new free-standing Sixth Form building for Aylesbury High School which enabled the existing Sixth Form accommodation to be reconfigured to benefit the rest of the school.