Embedded in its woodland setting on the edge of the Peak District, this extension to Mellor Primary School provides a series of imaginative indoor and outdoor learning spaces that forge new connections to nature.
Constructed using natural and locally-sourced materials, the building takes inspiration from the Forest School ethos at Mellor. The habitat wall is the centrepiece of this idea. Working together with the children, we created imaginative and ecologically diverse cladding compartments to provide homes for birds, bees, bugs and bats.
Client: Mellor Primary School
2016 RIBA Award, North West Region
2016 RIBA Award, North West Region, Eleanor Brough, Project Architect of the Year
2016 Structural Timber Awards: Judge’s Choice and Best Education Project
2016 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize (shortlisted)
2016 Wood Awards (Highly Commended)
2016 Education Business Awards: Best School Building (highly commended)
2016 Education Business Awards: Environmental Practice Awards (highly commended)
2016 Building Magazine Awards: Best Small Project (shortlisted)
2016 RICS Award (shortlisted)
2016 RICS Regional North West Award: Design through Innovation category (shortlisted)
2016 RICS Regional North West Award: Community Benefit category (shortlisted)
Architects’ Journal Stephen Lawrence Prize
Structural Timber Magazine