• 8 May 2018

St Mary’s School granted planning permission for new school library

Wiltshire Council has granted planning permission for a new library by Woods Bagot architects on behalf of St Mary’s School, an all girls’ boarding school.

Founded in 1873 in Calne, the independent school ranked as one of the top by 2017 examination results in The Sunday Times Schools Guide 2018. Located on a 25-acre site, the new library will be built at the heart of the campus and will provide the school with a state-of-the-art, progressive learning environment for the future. The layout of the internal space will reflect the most forward-thinking ideas in education and the new facility will provide best practice teaching and learning to prepare students for higher education.

The building will be designed as a stand-alone pavilion modelled on an orangery, with an articulated timber cladded roof structure supported on steel columns that float over a more substantial masonry shell. The western elevation of the library, which faces a service road, will be solid to mitigate noise from the access route. The eastern elevation is to be glazed to maximise daylight and views across the orchard. The library entrance will be located in the centre of the solid wall, providing clear views on arrival of the internal space and the landscape beyond.

Waterman was appointed to provide civil and structural engineering services. Our team used Revit and worked in an integrated BIM environment which particularly helped simplify the iteration process for the roof which consists of an internal cluster of tree-like structures. As the library is set into a lowered grassed basin we have used precast concrete ground beams on piles to minimise groundworks and to speed up site works.

Dr Felicia Kirk, Headmistress, commented in a recent press release; “The new library will be a lively academic hub of the school – a place which will instil a love of reading, research and learning for staff and pupils alike and will encourage exploration and the pursuit of knowledge, as well as collaboration and the sharing of ideas.”

Tom Ginnelly, Regional Director of Waterman Structures, commented; “We are delighted to continue working with project manager CLQ and Woods Bagot following the success of Whittington House. St Mary’s School’s new library is a very exciting project and a great contribution to our portfolio in the education sector.”

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