Leeds City Council
Interior Design for Visually Impaired Flexible Space Planning
The Studio LK team, whilst with Seymour Harris Keppie, undertook the scope of work that included designing, planning, acquiring building permits, preparing tender, site supervision and interior design.
Shakespeare Primary School is a 1.5 form entry school and includes a community room used during the school day for parent-child groups. Due to the restrictions on the site, the primary school was designed over two stories, combining break-out ICT, library and art spaces, with the early years base developed as a single storey annex, providing roof top lighting and ventilation deep into the plan.
The Early Years base is also linked to the primary school, and runs as a semi-autonomous unit. The plan arrangement groups the class bases along the south elevation. These are interlinked with large sliding doors, with the rooms also flowing out into dedicated external play spaces. The support rooms are placed to the north and act as a security and noise buffer with the external street.
The concept plan for the site developed a string of pearls along a linear site starting with the nursery provision and progressing through primary, secondary, sixth form and community sports facilities. The primary school is therefore offered opportunities to link learning or play with the ‘added value’ provision on the site.