Stoneham Park Primary Academy is a new primary school which will provide places for 315 children aged 4-11, serving the new ‘North Stoneham Park’ development in Eastleigh. The design and delivery of the new school is the result of very positive joint working between Streif, the client Hampshire County Council and the main contractor Morgan Sindall Construction.
The school is designed to encourage community use, with a learning resource area at the heart of the plan. Set over two floors, the school boasts 11 classrooms, group working rooms, a library, a new multi-use games area (MUGA) and grassed play areas, while maintaining stunning views within its historic deer park setting. Stoneham Park Primary Academy is actually the pilot project for the Hampshire County Council standard model ‘schoolhouse’. Conceived as a lean, compact and energy efficient two-storey form, the building is modest in scale and future-proofed for expansion to the east.
This new school building is a high-quality, sustainable facility with a compact design based on ‘fabric first’ principles combined with an MVHR system to improve thermal comfort, indoor air quality (IAQ) and dramatically reduce overall energy consumption. The adoption of the Streif timber frame system was fundamental to the successful delivery of the new primary school, as manufacturing offsite allows rapid assembly onsite and achievement of critical path milestones such as water-tightness, plus dramatically reducing the number of operatives on site thereby reducing construction phase health & safety risks.
The project was completed on time and is now occupied with pupils from the local area with the School being well received by all stakeholders involved in the project. So much so that the client Hampshire County Council has nominated the building for no less than four Structural Timber Awards.