Harraby Community Campus

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Harraby Community Campus is a truly multifunctional building, incorporating: a three form primary school; two early years’ nurseries; a Community Centre; a refurbished arts theatre; a café; and Children’s Centre.

Our challenge has been to bring four distinct groups (Community, School, Nursery and Children’s Centre) together in a new environment, creating a coherent sense of shared community whilst still respecting the individual identity of each group.

In response to this, the campus is imagined as an abstract representation of the surrounding residential district with its undulating suburban roofscape, where the expression of the nursery, school and community elements are articulated as a series of linked, but distinct, pavilions. Proudly, each pavilion is crowned by a translucent lantern – a beacon - that internally helps define spaces for gathering under the light, creating focal points for activity.

End-users and Local Authority are delighted with the outcome of this progressive learning environment with seamless connections from child care through to primary and adult social learning and to the wider community.

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United Kingdom

Spring 2016

Cumbria County Council

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Awards won to date:
Education Project – Commendation (Scottish Design Awards 2016)
UK School of the year award (Education Estates Awards 2016)
Innovation in Teaching & Learning Award (Education Estates Awards 2016)
Client of the Year Award (Education Estates Awards 2016)
National Commendation (Civic Trust Awards 2017)
Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design - Shortlisted (Civic Trust Awards 2017)
Community Impact & Engagement Special Award ‐ Shortlisted (Civic Trust Awards 2017)
Award for Community Benefit – Shortlisted (RICS Awards 2017)




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Scott Dickson
Associate architect

Tel: +44 1412 202069
Email: scott.dickson@atkinsglobal.com


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