Re-Format’s new £25m secondary school for Wokingham Borough Council. The school is located on the former Arborfield Garrison as part of a wider regeneration project to provide up to 3,000 new homes.
The new two storey building is centred around two ‘community barns’ used for assembly, performance, dining and shared learning. Teaching wings extend into the landscape from either side of the barns, creating teaching and social courtyards. The structural frame solution comprises both glulaminated timber and steel, with teaching spaces designed to have exposed concrete ceilings. This design aim and coordination of the exposed structural elements of prefabricated steel, glulam and precast elements was one of the challenges during developing working drawings and documentation. BIM was crucial for coordination of all these structural elements within the ambitious program and scale of the project, aiding the development of key connection details together with quick and precise clash detection. The BIM process was essential for collaboration between architects, structural engineers and manufacturers during the design and construction process.