Mellor Architects assisted the Kirkbie Kendal School in making a successful funding application to the Department of Education for the complete refurbishment and reconfiguration of an existing former sports pavilion.
Although the building was being used for both art and music lessons, it was in a poor state of repair and not fit for purpose.
The funding award of £800,000 has allowed the building to be fully refurbished, included re-configuration of the internal spaces, an extension at the rear of the building together with re-roofing, new windows, re-pointing, new internal finishes and replacement of all the mechanical and electrical installations.
We worked closely with the school staff during the design development stages to ensure that the optimum layout and best use of both the existing and new spaces was achieved, within the available budget.
This was further maximised by working closely with the design team, particularly in relation to the services design and their integration into the existing fabric of the building.
Due to the extent of the works the project has had to be carried out in phases in order to allow areas of the building to remain operational teaching spaces, as this reduced the number and therefore the cost of temporary classrooms that have had to be provided for decant space.