Campus Layout and Infrastructure
The site is 52,326m2 of which 3,517m2 will be building footprint. There is a further 3500m2 of hard landscaping for public access and car parking. The remaining 45,309m2 will be allocated to external outdoor recreational space and sports provision.
The building is located to the western boundary of the site with ‘playing fields’ to the east. The playing fields will be protected in perpetuity by section 77 legislation which protects against the disposal of such spaces for development. As a consequence, the greenbelt will be retained.
The design has been sensitively developed to respond to the sub-urban context and greenbelt location by promoting minimised footprint, views through the building and consideration of massing and scale. Biodiversity and ecology will be enhanced through the provision of new flora and fauna and sustainable drainage systems to promote and increase existing biodiversity.
Further measures will be implemented throughout the construction phase to protect the existing habitat and mitigate construction impact.
The extent of this across the site, is not currently known, but in any case, the design of the school will respond to all necessary legislation, statutory guidance and best practice with regards to ground contamination and will ensure the Health and Safety of its occupants.
The school is set to sports facilities so as to offer a broad PE curriculum to include basketball, cricket, football, rugby, athletics, netball, rounders and tennis.
The design will consider all adjacent land/buildings and will be positioned to mitigate against overlooking and protect privacy. There will be no overshadowing of adjacent properties. The landscape and masterplan strategy has been developed to mitigate against the above.
Retention of the existing landscape boundary with enhancement to ecology. We have endeavoured to minimise the amount of tree/ hedgerow removal with regards to site access. New school fencing (2.4m) will be installed to provide a secure boundary around the internal perimeter of the site. This new fence will be mostly screened by the existing vegetation to Waterside Drive and Terrace Road.
A Phase 1 Ecological Assessment and an Arboriculture Report been undertaken to ascertain existing site conditions. An Agricultural land classification report will also be completed. These surveys will inform the construction phase plan to help protect site ecology and have also been reviewed and incorporated into our masterplan strategy to protect and promote biodiversity in the long-term.
The external sports facilities the main hall, dance studio and sports hall will be available for community use.
Improvements to Waterside Drive to make it more in keeping with a road in front of a school. No works outside of Waterside Drive are expected based on initial capacity assessments.
It is against SCC sustainable transport policy to provide parent / pupil drop off and pick up within the site. Waterside Drive and surrounding streets have capacity for parent parking at school start and finish times.
We are discussions at present on this issue.
Walton-on-Thames (2.1 miles) and Hersham (2.0 miles) are the nearest stations.
Yes, extensive onsite parking for both pupils and staff.
No – there are good existing cycle routes notably along Hurst Road from both Walton-on-Thames and Molesey to the Xcel Centre, a route running north west from Hersham train station, as well as the greenway along the Thames.
This will be determined once the masterplan and site layout are confirmed.
The school facilities are being developed to meet the requirements of a 6FE secondary school. Any availability to benefit the community would only be considered after the school’s requirements have been prioritised. We anticipate there may be occasions e.g. sports days, awards ceremonies when the new school would seek to hire the facilities at the leisure centre. For example, the school may offer community use to less well financed community groups who may not be able to afford the Xcel rates.
The building will have a civic look and presence and will take references from the local vernacular. Materials will be sensitively selected to blend with the local environment.
The massing of the building will respond to the site-specific conditions.
The building is designed to provided views both through the building, for individuals outside, and from within the building for the occupants, into the green belt beyond.
The school will provide a full range of teaching and learning spaces, in accordance with BB103.
Facilities will include a sports hall, activity studio, main hall and performing art suite, library (learning resource centre), general teaching spaces and science laboratories and all necessary administration and support accommodation required for a 6FE 900 pupil school. Many of the facilities will be made available for community use outside of school hours.
Sustainable drainage solutions (SUDs) have been developed and the new playing fields have been designed with appropriate drainage to meet Sport England recommendations and to migrate the effects of localised site flooding experience currently on the undeveloped site.
The design is driven to ensure the building is sited where views across the wider area (GB) can be preserved. This is a key principle of the process.
Survey information, site constraints and Environmental Impact Assessment has informed our approach to the design and placing of the building on the site. We have also undertaken extensive consultation including Statutory Advisors, Elmbridge District Council and Design South East – a design advisor body.
All school access will be off Waterside Drive. Separate vehicular and pedestrian access will be provided and segregated to prevent cross-flow and promote safety.
The building is designed to Building Regulation 2013.
The building is also designed in accordance with the Education Skills and Funding Agency’s (ESFA) Output Specification which promotes efficient passive design and lean construction and minimises waste during construction and use.
The Very Special Circumstances (VSC) of the green belt have informed our approach to renewables such as SUDs, green roofs and Photovoltaics provision to enhance biodiversity and promote sustainability.