Three Rutland schools in finals for architectural awards

Catmose College in Oakham
Catmose College in Oakham
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THREE school buildings have been nominated for architecture awards.

Uppingham School Sports Centre in Leicester Road, Uppingham, Catmose College in Hunstman Drive, Oakham, and the new Oakham CE Primary School building in Burley Road, Oakham, are all finalists in the ProCon Leicestershire Awards.

Catmose College and Uppingham School Sports Centre are going head-to-head in the Large Scheme of the Year category and Oakham CE has been nominated in the Sustainable Development of the Year category.

All three buildings have opened in the last 12 months with Oakham CE only opening its door to the public a few weeks ago.

On the edge of Oakham, Catmose College is landscaped to relate to the town to the south and to the countryside to the north.

It is designed to be looked out of. An ability to adapt to how teaching will change has been built in to what is described as a machine for learning.

The £24m Catmose College is not just a secondary school; it is home to a range of educational, sport and community activities.

Principal Stuart Williams said: “We are very proud to be nominated for an industry award for our fantastic new college.

“I have always believed that great schools are made by great people. The difficulty with old buildings is that they really do put a ceiling on what you can do with people.The new buildings allow us to take that ceiling off and work with people in many more flexible ways, using the space to its absolute maximum potential.”

Uppingham School’s new £10.7m sports centre includes a 25-metre swimming pool, a 50-station fitness studio, three squash courts, a large sports hall, a gymnasium, dance studios and 12 outdoor tennis courts.

It is both a place for pupils and the wider community to enjoy sport.

The architecture is designed to balance modernity with sensitivity and the design aspires to be timeless, and attractive for the next 100 years.

The building and the engineering system were designed to work as one at the £6.2m new Oakham CE Primary School.

Whatever the weather outside, the building makes less demand on heating, ventilation and lighting to keep it pleasant inside.

Energy and water-efficient appliances also cut the environmental impact of the school.

Chairman of ProCon and a director at Howes Percival Pam Allardice said: “Despite the property and construction sector being hard hit by the ongoing poor economic climate, we had a large number of entries overall.

“It makes our judges’ job very difficult which is a nice problem to have and reflects well on the resilience of the sector and the quality of the construction projects happening in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.”

The winners will be announced on November 10.