Emmaus Primary School
- Categories Education
- Clients Diocese of Sheffield and Hallam
- Completion 2006
- Budget £3.25m
- Project Team David Hills, Martin Pearson, Tom Greenall, Wolfram Schneider
As part of a major reorganisation to revitalise primary schools to the south and west of Sheffield City centre, this new Joint Denominational Primary School was established by the amalgamation of St John’s Church of England and St Oswald's Catholic Schools. The design was to allow the new school to be built within the grounds of St Oswald's which remained in operation during the construction process.
Set on the edge of a dramatic park, the design of the new school aims to unite the building and topography - views of the landscape are drawn through the building and carefully controlled natural daylight is sculpted to evoke a sense of calmness. This culminates in the Room for Spiritual Development which is crowned by a dramatic vertical slot of light. Sustainable design is embodied in the classrooms where light chimneys provide natural light and ventilation.
“This Sheffield school amply fulfils it’s role at the vanguard of a rundown area’s regeneration.”
Ellis Woodman, BD
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
M&E Engineer: Atelier 10
Landscape Architect: Watkins Dally
Cost Consultant: David Langdon