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Corde gets green light for Milton Keynes schools

Corde has achieved planning approval for two schools in Milton Keynes - part of a batch of six schools being delivered with Willmott Dixon via the SCAPE framework.

The new build 750 place secondary and SEN school  and the 330 place primary school and nursery are part of the council’s £160m schools investment plan, which ultimately aims to deliver 10,000 much-needed school places.

Kents Hill Secondary School has been designed to enable social interaction, shared learning and passive supervision. To accommodate the variety of Special Educational Needs (SEN), quiet calming areas for reflection and mentoring are located at the end of corridors, with easily accessible specialist sensory, medical and therapy spaces, which will allow staff to work intensively with individual pupils.

Kents Hill Primary School will provide a focal point and new identity to the community.  The two storey school provides two classrooms for key stage one on the ground floor and four classrooms for key stage two on the first floor. The nursery has been located close to the reception area on the ground floor. The hall located at the heart of the can be used by different year groups and for community events. Reception and arrival areas are secure spaces and focal points for visitors and parents. Outside age appropriate outdoor play areas with hard and soft landscaping provide areas for practical learning.  Wildflower beds have been created to enhance biodiversity around the school site, with level access and paths created to provide access for all.

The Corde team and contractor have worked closely to increase the sustainable performance of the schools. By working as an integrated design team operating within a single streamlined Building Information Modelling (BIM) environment, the Corde solution has enabled the team to develop standardised design details.  At Fairfield School and Whitehouse School (also in the batch), Corde has designed the same school on different sites – increasing efficiency and cost and programme predictability.