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Harraby Community Campus, a mixed used learning and community building in Carlisle, took home three awards at the 2016 Education Estates Awards last night: Best Innovation in Teaching and Learning, Best Client and Project of the Year Schools.

Designed by Atkins, Harraby Community Campus is a truly multifunctional building, bringing together a three-form primary school, two early years’ nurseries, a community centre and refurbished arts theatre, café and children’s centre, all in a coherent and interdependent composition.

Atkins’ lead architect Scott Dickson said: “Our challenge was bringing four different groups together in a new environment. We had to create a coherent sense of shared community, whilst still respecting the individual identify of each group.”

To achieve this, the building is designed with each group housed in a series of linked, but distinct, pavilions. Each pavilion has a translucent lantern, or beacon, that internally gives building users a focal point for activity, and externally separates the groups into distinctive ‘homescapes’.

Sue Blair, headteacher at Harraby, said: “Everyone who uses Harraby Community Campus is delighted with what the new building has achieved. We’ve created a truly progressive learning environment with seamless connections from child care through to primary and adult social learning. The three Education Estates Awards are a testament to just how successful this has been.”

The Education Estates Awards celebrate the best in the education industry, from primary through to further and higher education.

The Education Estates judges’ comments on why Harraby was selected as Project of the Year Schools sum up why this school has been such a success: “Delightful and refreshing new school design. Innovative design of informal learning rooms/houses that seamlessly link spaces together unlocking the relationship between the classroom and the 'in between spaces'. The innovative pavilion structures create wonderful learning spaces bathed in natural light. An inspiring building that combines a range of functions in a series of pavilions that blur the boundaries between internal and external space. The close collaboration between the school, the community and the architect is reflected in the quality of the design.”

Atkins has designed thousands of schools across the UK, including award winning schools Lime Tree Primary Academy and Springwell SEN School.





For more information:

D'yon Dowell
Marketing and communications manager
+44 1454 66 2026

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