RIBA Regional Awards 2014: West Midlands
New Teaching Block, Ashperton Primary Academy, Ledbury
Warren Benbow Architects for The Governors of Ashperton Primary Academy
Contract £930,000. GIA 884m2
Timber and coloured chimneys. You might think you’ve seen it before but the connection to the existing school and the simplistic ‘linear’ organisation of the new extension at Ashperton School are well considered: covered, external spaces for virtually year-round use, extra spaces from the overhangs on the south elevation (also providing shading) and great views out north.
There is honesty in the construction and finishes here. The intelligent use of orientation, and simple passive venting of teaching spaces through the coloured chimneys, give the scheme a low-cost, long-term sustainable design and a distinct signature. It was all achieved against a challenging funding stream.