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Mezzanine floor wins design award

Posted by Mark
August 8, 2012 in Community

A primary school in Devon has won a prestigious design award for its innovative new unit, which uses a  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring level to connect the different parts of the building.

Ellacome Primary School in Torquay was built in 1867 as a church school for boys only, with the girls’ and infants’ schools being later additions. It now has 237 pupils aged between four and 11 on the roll.

The new unit was commissioned by Torbay Council and designed by local architects Kay Elliott as part of an £85m local development plan, covering a number of projects across all sectors in the Torbay and Plymouth areas.

The £600,000 renovation and extension to the school includes a large area of mezzanine flooring which connects the original buildings and is used for resources for early years’ teaching and learning. Using the double height, a new open plan teaching area has been created, covered by a canopy which extends across a small walled garden.

The flexibility of mezzanine floors is increasingly being recognised as an extremely cost-efficient and adaptable method of transforming dead space into a valuable useable area. The additional space created will allow Ellacombe Primary School to increase its foundation entry by 75 children from September 2012, with the intention of limiting class sizes to 20.

Having won the South West regional award for the best education project, the design for the new centre now goes forward to the national judges, with the overall winner being announced in November.

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