Martello Grove Primary School

Clague’s experience of developing proposals for education buildings was needed for Martello Primary, a 1FE primary school on the edge of Folkestone on the Kent coast. Part of Kent County Council’s Priority Schools programme, plans were drawn up for a vacant lot close to Warren Country Park. Clague’s designs presented a modern and welcoming learning space with sustainability at its heart. The space combines natural lighting and ventilation, combined with renewable energy technologies. The project was a pioneer in using Building Information Modelling (BIM), a collaborative 3D model-based process. Martello Primary opened to pupils in November 2016.

In 2013, we were commissioned to develop proposals for a new 1FE primary school on the edge of Folkestone, as part of the Kent County Council Priority Schools programme.

Located on a vacant site close to the Warren Country Park and enjoying the benefit of sea views, the new school is designed as an adaptation of the EFA Baseline Designs and comprises 1385sqm of accommodation split over two storeys.

The building is presented as a modern, clearly articulated and welcoming learning environment, with materials carefully selected to provide a balance between calm rhythmic order and vibrant activity. With sustainability an important factor from the outset, the design solution integrates natural lighting and ventilation, thermal mass and renewable energy technologies within a considered and economical building envelope.

The project is one of KCC’s first schemes in which a fully collaborative BIM (Building Information Modelling) approach has been used. The building was completed in October 2016 and opened to students in November of the same year.