Millennium Primary School & Health Centre
The primary school accommodates 420 pupils as well as an early years learning centre for one to three year olds. The primary school also integrates children with special educational needs.
A spine of colour-coded drums help pupils and staff to identify classrooms along the main circulation route as well as from the playground. These drums provide either space for shared teaching between two classrooms or a light-well bringing natural light deep into the plan. The light-wells also provide visual connection between the two floors of the school.
The health centre revolves around a spacious central waiting room beneath a large skylight, putting the patient at the heart of the building.
A ‘Village Hall’ provides shared facilities for the school, health centre and local community.
Both the school and health centre face south with views towards the landscaped playgrounds and gardens.
The project has proved of interest to both education and healthcare clients. The school is often cited as an exemplar way of organising schools as a departure from more institutional models.