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Architect wins award for school design

The design of a special needs school in Stoke-on-Trent has been recognised in this year's RICS awards

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 02, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

Architects CPMG have won an award for the design of a special education needs school at the RICS Awards in Birmingham. The firm picked up the Design through Innovation award for its work on the Kemball School in Stoke-on-Trent, with the judges commending the design team for creating a “warm and vibrant community”’ and using “considerable imagination and sensitivity” in its design. As a result, the project will now be entered into the national RICS Awards, where it will compete against other projects from across the UK later this year.

Nick Gregory, director for CPMG, said: “This award is a credit to the design team who worked hard on the project to create such a unique and inspired design that will have such a positive impact on so many peoples’ lives. Thank you to our project partners Thomas Vale Construction, RPS, Approved Design and Brookbanks Consulting, who helped to make the project such a success. We’re thrilled to be finalists in the Project of the Year award – it’s testament to our experience, design expertise and innovative way of working.”

The school opened in 2014 and caters for 140 children with severe learning needs, profound and multiple learning needs and moderate learning needs.

Anil Parmer, project director for CPMG, added: “The design we created for Kemball School in Stoke-on-Trent aimed to create a stimulating and specialist sensory learning and teaching environment. A soft play room, specialist physiotherapy gym, hydrotherapy pool and external sensory play equipment are just some of the key design features of the 22-class school. Built with fabric first principles and an inherent flexibility to futureproof its use, the school will grow and develop along with its pupils.”

The winners of the Building Conservation, Community Benefit, Design through Innovation, Infrastructure and Regeneration categories will be entered into the national RICS Awards Grand Final, to be held at The Dorchester Hotel, London on 16 October.

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