15 schools in six years
HKR has been involved in the design and development of 15 schools in Ireland and London since 2008.
Working with both local authorities and contractors, we have worked on schools ranging from all-through to SEN and ASD.
The schools have been delivered at budgets as low as £860 per square metre in Ireland and £1700 per square metre in the UK. In this time we have contributed and delivered 8,431 new school places and over 75,000m2 of new build and refurbished school accommodation.
HKR has just completed one of the largest schools in Ireland – a 48 classroom primary school in Realt na Mara on a coastal site in County Meath, North of Dublin.
In 2008, HKR was awarded a package of three school sites with Anshen & Allen by the Department of Education in Ireland. We worked closely with the patrons of the schools County Dublin Vocational Education Committee (VEC) and Meath VEC to meet their requirements for the schools. These schools were designed and constructed to a limited budget of £860 per square metre in line with the Department of Education requirements. Secondary schools in Ireland are typically delivered for £1250 per square metre. While working on these schools HKR developed new models for Special Educational Needs pupils with the Department of Education for which a new set of standards was written.
In London HKR has worked on both client side and within the design and build teams. We have delivered a number of new primary and secondary schools as well as ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) schools.
The Prendergast Vale College for 835 pupils is an all-through school for pupils from 2-18 years. The design of the campus is arranged around a series of age-specific landscape spaces with the identity of a village. An historical two-storey building is at the heart of the scheme. CABE praised the plans as an “elegant proposal … that has the potential to become an excellent facility for teaching and learning”.
Sustainability is a key feature of these schools, all of which have achieved BREEAM “excellent” ratings. The integration of historic buildings, use of natural ventilation, heat recovery systems, bio-diverse roofs, solar collectors on the roofs all contribute to schools that are designed to last and add a social and cultural value within their localities.
The budget for the earlier UK schools was approximately £2400/m2 with the most recent schools such as Brent Knoll being delivered for a lower budget of £1700/m2 or better.