15 Feb EllisMiller Architects, Catmose Campus
Catmose Campus, Oakham – Ellis Miller. A split-site masterplan, consisting of two housing developments and a £24 million new-build community campus.
Forming an urban edge to the market town of Oakham, the Catmose Campus development is defined by a strong axial route centred on the entrance to the community campus facilities, with views through the site promoted along two parallel and two intersecting axes. Constructed on playing fields alongside the existing school buildings, the second phase of the project will redevelop these buildings into housing in order to part-fund the new-build campus.
The campus itself includes a range of educational, sports and extended service community facilities, comprising a 11-16 six form entry secondary school with a visual arts specialism and extended SEN provision, an eight court community sports centre, a public art gallery, a theatre, an adult learning centre, a Learning Disability Resource Centre and a community hub providing Information Advice and Guidance facilities and a public cafe. The project draws together our extensive educational, sports and community project experience to deliver a community learning campus that will be adaptable enough to cope with the requirements of a 21st-century learning environment.
The campus is one of only three published designs to receive a ‘Good / Excellent’ rating from CABE School Design Review. The project has achieved a minimum of 60% carbon reduction and a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating.