Yarrells Prep School in Upton has just topped out the GREENWOOD, their new classroom block in the trees, with the completion of its elegant butterfly roof. Designed by award-winning Dorset based architect, Adam Covell of ECA, this remarkable structure has risen on 54 posts and giant steel frame to float amid the school’s surrounding woodland. In fact, the playdeck is built around a huge, flourishing English oak.
The Eco-friendly, timber-clad building, constructed by John Kennedy and his team from Kennedy’s Southern, incorporates the latest sustainable materials and methods. The roof design promotes rainwater harvesting and the high level of insulation throughout will ensure low energy consumption. The six airy classrooms and large central hall will provide outstanding learning spaces for pupils under 7 during the day and for all ages after-school and in holiday activities.
The completed building is due to open in September 2016, only 9 months after the foundations were first laid. Yarrells is a popular prep school and numbers have risen sharply over recent years. “We are thrilled to be expanding our learning opportunities,” said Headmaster, Andrew Roberts-Wray. “We can’t wait to take up residence in our amazing new building. The suite of classrooms vacated by the move will be refurbished and redeveloped into new classrooms and more space for Art, Design Technology and changing rooms.”