Construction of a new Design Hub for Talbot Heath School in Bournemouth. The three-storey building includes a flexible 600-seat auditorium, gallery, exhibition spaces and studios for drama, art, textiles, graphic design and robotics.
The building also offers extensive breakout spaces for independent working. The hub incorporates an indoor pool with changing facilities for use by both the school and community clubs.
The school presented a unique brief based on its strong ethos which embraces Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics. The ‘STEAM’ ethos led to a collaborative design approach with Western Design Architects, which resulted in dynamic flowing spaces, art integrating with robotics, and the Junior School fully interacting with the Senior School. The modern architectural structure offers a new statement centrepiece building for the school.
Ridge provided extensive cost management at the feasibility stage to inform the school’s development budget, including all fees, enabling works and client-direct contracts in respect of AV and virtual reality packages. A comprehensive cost plan was established from the outset and full cost reporting provided during Stages 2-4 enabling the budget to be achieved.