Project Overview

Project: The design and delivery of a new glazed courtyard and mezzanine
Client: Ilkley Grammar School
Size: 330m2
Status: Technical Design

The design and implementation of a new covered courtyard as part of the historical school setting.

The client requested S+SA Architects Limited produced a design to increase the existing dining accommodation for pupils at the school.  The brief required that seating capacity was maximised without inhibiting existing teaching space.  The existing site is extremely constrained and various options were explored at the feasibility stage to ensure the final design solution for the covered courtyard delivered the optimal use of the space available.

A self-supporting structural solution was used incorporating columns taken up through the mezzanine deck to the new roof level thus avoiding any requirement for the intervention to rely upon connections to the existing elevations for support.  The new glass roof design hovers above the courtyard space maximizing natural light levels. The design remains sympathetic to the existing historical context and ensures the intervention enhances the courtyard, retaining a light and airy feel to the resultant space.

The introduction of a mezzanine and exhibition space further enhances the adaptability of the space and the design has proved hugely popular with pupils and staff, providing a multi-purpose space for the school.

The relationship with Ilkley Grammar School continues to grow, with S+SA Architects Limited committed to supporting the schools phased development plans to ensure the enhancement of the schools facilities in a long-term partnership.


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"S+SA have been involved with design proposals for the re-development of the Stonebridge Mills site in Wortley, Leeds for some years. Working closely with our client and the Local Authority planning and conservation teams, plans for the site which extends to 3.6 hectares have been granted planning permission and works have now commenced on site".

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