Notre Dame School
ZONE™ Dining Space 28000mm (w) x 11000mm (d)
Notre Dame is a comprehensive school for girls in Plymouth, Devon. It was founded in 1865 and is part of a worldwide network of Catholic schools founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame. The school has been on its current site since 1966.
As a priority, the school wanted to extend its dining space. With the buildings originally designed for 300 pupils, over time the numbers have increased and the school now caters for more than 850 students and more than a hundred teachers and staff.
Having outgrown its facilities, overcrowding was becoming an issue. It was becoming increasingly difficult to effectively manage the congested dining space and the school did not want to compromise on cleaning or safety. The school was also keen to avoid the kinds of behavioural issues that typically arise where student social spaces like this are filled to capacity.
Following discussions with the School Leadership Team, Streetspace designed a glazed glass canopy that would enclose an outdoor area and give Notre Dame the larger dining and social space it wanted. In-house designers produced CGI design proposals that illustrated just how the finished structure would look, sited adjacent to the current dining hall and kitchen, and how it would work with the sloping ground.
The canopy design specified heaters for temperature control and integrated multiple doors and windows for ventilation. The canopy has three sets of sliding doors and four sets of double doors, all of which assist with circulation through the facility easing congestion.
The installation was carried out entirely during term time, but the structural glazing specialists ensured that there was no disruption to the school day and that the existing school buildings could remain fully operational.
Providing design and build, Streetspace were able to complete this project extremely quickly. The design was finalised and approved, and work begun on site in under a month; this amazing glazed building was completed in 11 weeks.
The building has maximised the use of the space and has alleviated the overcrowding issues. The entire school community is enjoying the new dining and social facilities within this stunning glazed building.
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ZONE™ Dining Space
Monopitch Rafter Design / Technal Aluminium Curtain Walling System incl. Sliding and CD Doors / Trisommet 40 Composite Roof Panel System / Integral Guttering with PPC Aluminium Façade to front and side elevations / IR Heaters / Resin Bound Flooring
Steelwork PPC RAL7031 Blue Grey / Curtain Walling RAL7031 Blue Grey / Roofing, Fasicas, Rainwater RAL 7038 Goosewing Grey,
Notre Dame School. Looseleigh Lane, Derriford, Plymouth, Devon
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