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									                                 Wandsworth Borough Council
                                Children’s Services Department
                          Building and Development Services Section
                   PRIMARY CAPITAL PROGRAMME (PCP)
               BEATRIX POTTER PRIMARY SCHOOL – WORKSHOP


                                   SUBJECT AREAS

1. RECEPTION AREA

       a. Location of reception?
       b. Openness of reception?
       c. For whom is it?
       d. Full time receptionist?
       e. Where do the admin offices fit in?
       f. Where does the Head’s office fit in?
       g. Is there a small head’s office and separate meeting room or large head’s
          office incorporating a meeting space?
       h. Is there a parents’ area?


2. SPECIALIST TEACHING AREAS

       a. Music: what is essential? and what is desirable? Music room for whole class
          teaching? Instrument practice rooms? Instrument store? Electronic keyboards
          and Apple computers?
       b. Art: Is a separate Art room required or is it a desirable luxury? Is it for the
          whole school or only part of it? Could it double up as a Science room?
       c. ICT: Is this needed for KS2? How big should it be? What furniture should be
          used e.g. desks are available where computers are hidden when not in use.
          Can an ICT suite double up as different area? Is it needed at all?
       d. Science: Is there a requirement for a specialist science room?


3. SUSTAINABILITY ( Every project in the PCP over £500K is expected to achieve a
   ‘very good’ rating under BREEAM )

       a. What is BREEAM?
       b. What is the school doing to conserve energy, to recycle materials, to use
          sustainable sources of energy? What would it be nice to do in the future?
       c. Does the prospect of a new build extension to the school present any new
          opportunities?
       d. Can the process of building and the end product (i.e. a new building) enrich
          the curriculum? How can the pupils be involved?
       e. What can be done to help with the implementation of the Beatrix Potter Travel
          Plan - Bike sheds, scooter racks?




B.C.Burke                                    1                                   4/8/2011
                                 Wandsworth Borough Council
                                Children’s Services Department
                          Building and Development Services Section



4. PLAYGROUND/SPORTS

      a. What are the good features of the existing playground? What is missing?
      b. What are the essential features required for:
                i. Reception pupils?
               ii. Infants?
              iii. Juniors?
      Open space, play markings, climbing equipment, sitting areas, nature garden,
covered space, fitness trail etc.
      c. Is an outdoor classroom required? Is one enough?
      d. Is it essential to have separate playgrounds for the different Key Stages? Will
          there be staggered play times? If there are will this be disruptive for the
          children in class.
      e. Is the MUGA fully used? Can the use of the MUGA be increased?



5. SITING OF BUILDING

       a. What are the possible locations?
       b. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each location?
              i. Access for contractor.
             ii. Connection to existing school.
            iii. Impact on play spaces.
            iv. Impact on wider environment.
       c. What are the acceptable locations?
       d. What is the preferred location?



                       PRIMARY CAPITAL PROGRAMME
                BEATRIX POTTER PRIMARY SCHOOL EXPANSION

WORKSHOP RESULTS

SUBJECT AREA – SITING OF BUILDING

The group discussed four possible locations for the new building:

Location 1 – on Openview Road adjacent to the new school kitchen.
Location 2 – on the site of the existing temporary classrooms.
Location 3 - on the site of what used to be the schoolkeeper’s house.
Location 4 – on the landscaped area at the end of the main building attached to the two
classrooms at the opposite end to the corridor which leads to the school hall.




B.C.Burke                                    2                                   4/8/2011
                                  Wandsworth Borough Council
                                 Children’s Services Department
                           Building and Development Services Section
                  Location 1            Location 2                Location 3            Location 4
Advantages
                  Minimal impact      Identified as lowest        maximises play        Connects well with
                  during construction planning risk               space                 existing building
                  Good for playground                             Aoids need for        quite good for
                  space                                           temp classroom        play space
                  Good access
                  Avoids need for
                  temp acc

Disadvantages     Identified planning   Poor Access - across      Temporary             Loss of classrooms
                  risk                  Playground                entrance to school    during construction
                                        Increased security risk   required              Conservation risk
                                        Additional temp acc       Demolition of asset   Planning risk
                                        required during           Access difficult
                                        construction              Conservation risk
                                                                  Planning risk




Conclusion

Location 1 was the preferred Option.

SITE ACCESS

It was noted that the existing arrangements for pupils entering and leaving the premises
were as follows:
     Nursery pupils enter and exit via a dedicated gate from and onto Magdalen
        Road.
     The remainder of the school enter and exit via the main gate located close to the
        main entrance to the school.

The possibility that reception pupils could use the Nursery Entrance was discussed. It
was noted that the Nursery had its own dedicated playspace that was not available to
reception children. In order to use the Nursery entrance the reception pupils would have
to cross this playspace.

Both entry gates are narrow and there is justified concern that with 210 additional pupils
using the main gate there will be increased congestion.

It was also noted that the wall and railings to Magdalen Road are ‘Listed’ and it is
unlikely that English Heritage would agree to enlarging the opening of the main gate for
this reason.

There was agreement reached that an alternative entrance to the school be found off
Openview Road to ease the pressure on the main gate. This may be through the gate
onto the MUGA. (The large playground)




B.C.Burke                                      3                                          4/8/2011
                                   Wandsworth Borough Council
                                  Children’s Services Department
                            Building and Development Services Section
SUBJECT AREA – SPECIALIST TEACHING

The following was agreed:

      There should be a Sensory Garden in the playground.

      The pond (ex schoolkeeper’s garden) should be opened up.

      There should be an external PE teaching area with dedicated storage.

      There should be a multipurpose space for performing and visual arts the size of
       two classrooms. ( this could be located in the two new classrooms which form
       part of the new school Hall building).

SUBJECT AREA - RECEPTION

a. Location of reception area

The consensus of the group was that the position of the reception was correct however
all felt that the entrance was too convoluted and didn't engage well with the space
outside. The group suggested that the administration should be grouped with an
arrival/waiting area which was open and welcoming. One parent did question whether it
was possible to use the hall for a new reception area.

b. The group felt that the reception was currently not very open and not very welcoming.
There is not a clear sight line from the entrance to the reception, so it is confusing to
know where to go or how to alert the correct staff on arrival. It was also asked whether
there could be a greater connection with the outside area.

c. The group agreed that the reception should only be used as a first point of contact for:
      Current parents with appointments or wanting to return forms to administration.
      Visitors of the head.
      parents collecting sick students
      deliveries to administration

d. The group felt that if the reception were to be suitably improved, a full time
receptionist would not be needed because existing administration staff would be far
more accessible. They also felt that the expense of hiring a full time receptionist would
be better spent on other school resources.

e. The group felt that the administration and reception/waiting area should be grouped
into a single open space. This area would be the public face of the school and the first
point of contact for visitors. It was suggested that security would be maintained by
introducing a card pass door which separated this area from the rest of the wing.

f. The head's office should be closely affiliated with the administration area but on the
other side of the security door. The group queried why the janitor had an office which
was just as large as the head's.




B.C.Burke                                      4                                         4/8/2011
                                  Wandsworth Borough Council
                                 Children’s Services Department
                           Building and Development Services Section
g. The entire group agreed that the head's office was too small, however there was an
equal split between those who thought that it was better for there to be a separate
meeting room, and those who preferred for it to be a single large multi-purpose room.

h. Currently the space outside administration is used by parents waiting to collect
children. The group felt that there was inadequate provision for parents in this area, with
little seating or cover.

Other notes:

The group were felt the sick bay arrangements are unsatisfactory as ill children often
wait in the waiting area. It sends a bad message to visitors and doesn't provide enough
security for the child.


SUBJECT AREA - SUSTAINABILITY ( Every project in the PCP over £500K is
expected to achieve a ‘very good’ rating under BREEAM )

       a. What is BREEAM?

            BREAMM stands for Building Research Establishment Energy
            Assessment Method.
            BREEAM is a tool that allows all involved in the process and delivery of
            buildings to review and improve environmental performance throughout the
            life of a building. It sets a benchmark for environmental performance and
            provides a wide range of benefits. The DCFS has set out that by 2020 all
            schools to be regarded as ‘living, learning places and encouraged the
            development of ‘sustainability as a lifestyle’ which will encourage pupils
            involvement in the improvement of school buildings grounds and
            environment. Schools are encouraged to develop strategies to reduce carbon
            emissions with the integration of renewable technologies, solar panels and
            consider the wider improvement including:

            Carbon dioxide emissions, Healthy building features, Air quality and
            ventilation’ Recycling and reuse of materials, Ecology of the site, Water
            consumption and conservation, Noise
            Hazardous materials assessment, Lighting, Environmental impacts of
            construction materials, Transport implications of buildings

       b. What is the school doing to conserve energy, to recycle materials, to
          use sustainable sources of energy? What would it be nice to do in the
          future?

            Beatrix Potter has a recycling policy and recycles paper, bottles, and organic
            waste. However, it was felt that the School can go further to reduce energy
            cost by considering:

                  strategies to save energy by reducing the use of artificial lighting
                  mechanisms to turn lights off when classrooms or spaces are not in
                   use



B.C.Burke                                     5                                     4/8/2011
                                 Wandsworth Borough Council
                                Children’s Services Department
                          Building and Development Services Section

                 closing entrances doors to buildings, left open as younger children
                  find it difficult to push/pull the doors open
                 improve insulation of the existing building
                 avoid use of secondary heating
                 deal with draughts through windows and doors

       c. Does the prospect of a new build extension to the school present any
          new opportunities?

                 Consider integration of solar panels, Water conservation, green roof,
                  wind turbine
                 Smaller technologies to provide educational and learning benefits

       d. Can the process of building and the end product (i.e. a new building)
          enrich the curriculum? How can the pupils be involved?

                 Involvement of pupils in the design process and visits to buildings
                 Site visits during construction
                 A time capsule containing ‘the world of Beatrix Potter School’
                  children’s work, art music, school ethos
                 Encourage pupils to contribute to, and prepare, a ‘diary’ to record the
                  process at all stages of procuring the building
                 Opportunities of an ‘open day’ arranged by the Contractor to enable
                  children to experience aspects of building

       e. What can be done to help with the implementation of the Beatrix Potter
          Travel Plan - Bike sheds, scooter racks?

                 Encourage and teach pupils about environmental benefits of getting to
                  school using sustainable forms of transport
                 Scooters, bikes, walking train/bus
                 Review ICT strategy to reduce the amount of ‘books and other
                  material’ staff have to transport to and from school
                 Encourage staff cycling and provide shower and changing facility
                 At a strategic level review location and extension of existing of cycle
                  lane along Magdalene Road
                 Provide bike and scooter racks
                 Encourage parents and pupils to cycle, walk or scooter, by introducing
                  house point system or individual credits

SUBJECT AREA - PLAYGROUND/SPORTS

Not many good features but space is adequate

Need to level the ground where grassed and more suitable surfacing required to allow
play/games all year.

Make KS1 playground more natural and purposeful

Playtimes: YR +YR1x2 in current KS1 playground


B.C.Burke                                    6                                     4/8/2011
                                  Wandsworth Borough Council
                                 Children’s Services Department
                           Building and Development Services Section


Current grassed area to be flattened for YR2 + 3

YR5 + 6 – MUGA

Need more space around classrooms to avoid congestion

KS1 playground to have permanent structures so as to act as extension of the
classroom. Also low/no maintenance footways and landscaping not just flat open space.

Covered canopies to provide shade (4 nr?)

Artificial grass around new hall as currently muddy

Electric gates

Storage for sports equipment and outdoor play

Grassed areas cannot be used when wet

More drinking fountains

Might not need to stagger playtimes, won’t be disruptive

Get rid of wall between MUGA and KS2 playground. Level and open up

IT catered for in new build, wireless and network points. Interactive whiteboards in place
with good storage and provision for furniture.

IT to be seamless between all elements.

New hall will require extension to storage to cater for added dinner tables..




B.C.Burke                                     7                                   4/8/2011

								
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