Zebra Architects are a selected member of the Worcestershire Education Network (WEN), which aims to offer schools in the region exceptional value for money and local personal service across the full range of educational services.
Zebra’s current projects include Phase 2 at St. John's School in Leatherhead, following on from the successful, exciting Phase 1 works in Hamilton House.
Hamilton House, St. John's School, Leatherhead
Zebra Architects were appointed with a brief to refresh Hamilton House, one of St. John’s aging 1920s teaching blocks. Recent new builds and refurbishments throughout the proud campus had made Hamilton’s plight more apparent, emphasising the dark corridors, tired furnishings and faded features. Due to the scale of this building and the short duration of the school’s holidays, the refurbishment was phased. The first seven-week programme took place concurrently with the school's summer holidays to minimise disruption.
The design for Phase 1 took full advantage of the inherent opportunities, creating large internally glazed openings between the classrooms and corridors, forming a rhythm of windows and canvases of wall art, punctuated by the texture of original brickwork. The addition of natural light has helped express the grandness of the spaces, while the increased transparently between teaching spaces and corridors has transformed these teaching spaces into modern educational environments. Both staff and students are enjoying these new spaces and are looking forward to upcoming future phases.
Cherry Orchard Primary School, Worcester
Zebra Architects were appointed to undertake the refurbishment of the existing entrance hallway and classrooms. The existing school building was an unnecessary labyrinth of corridors and extensions from the 1960s. The classrooms and hallways were poorly lit with exposed brick work on many of the internal walls.
Zebra’s proposed design was to provide a welcoming entrance and to bring new life to some of the reception classrooms. A collaborative approach with the contractor was required in order to meet the tight deadline of the school’s summer break.
The design included a new feature ceiling and external canopy to improve the function and appearance of circulation spaces. New roof lights flood the refurbished classrooms with natural light and the open plan layout provides efficient teaching spaces.
The site was handed over on time and the new spaces are being enjoyed by teachers and children alike.
Footsteps Day Nursery and Pre-School, Stratford-upon-Avon
Situated adjacent to the Stratford Canal, Zebra Architects were commissioned to create a new nursery. The intention was to create bright, interactive classrooms, with additional provisions for interactive play and quiet zones.
The design features 5 classrooms, activity room, sensory theatre, dining room and external play area with covered zones, which ensures excellent provisions for children ranging from babies to 5 year olds. There are also disabled provisions including a lift, kitchen, staff room, and a management office to ensure adequate facilities for staff.
Since opening, Footsteps has received Outstanding in Ofsted Reports, which is facilitated by the purpose-built building.