School sweeps design awards

Sandal Magna
Sandal Magna

A GROUND-breaking primary school has won three architectural awards.

Sandal Magna Community Primary School won the awards at the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) Northern Network Awards.

The 210-pupil eco-school, which opened in September 2010, won the Northern Network Gold Award, the Category Award for Sustainability and the Project of the Year: White Rose award.

The school is one of the most carbon-efficient schools in the country and has a design based on the nearby housing and factory chimneys.

It was built by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.

Headteacher Julia Simpson said: “Having occupied this exciting learning environment for 15 months it is gratifying to see how well the building is working for our children and their families.

“The staff and governors are delighted that their partnership with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and the local authority has resulted in an eco-school which is regarded as an exemplar project both regionally and nationally.”

The school was built to replace the previous Victorian building, and many of the old bricks from the original structure are used in the gardens.

The school also has outdoor spaces for planting, quiet games and learning and it’s building has been used to teach the pupils about the environment and sustainability.