Client: Leicestershire County Council

Location: Holmfield, Leicestershire

Completed: July 2016

In collaboration with 

Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction
Services Engineer: Derry Building Services

Structural Engineer: Airey Coles

Landscape Architects: MeiLoci

Photography: Neil Hoyle Photography

KAST Architects was selected via an invited competition as the architects to design a new primary school on the outskirts of the city of Leicester for Leicestershire County Council. The school has a simple plan to aid with orientation, with all classrooms overlooking the play areas and sports pitch, and a central street containing LRC areas and break out zones. The main hall is easily accessible out of hours for extra revenue for the school. The project was completed on time and on budget in July 2016 and the first cohort of pupils have now moved in.

The school has been conceived as an exemplar for sustainable design, utilising orientation, natural ventilation and natural light to full effect. Coupled with this, high levels of insulation and good airtightness ensure low energy usage throughout.


The design allows for passive ventilation via acoustic air vents, minimising noise from the M1 situated in close proximately of the school. The timber wall structure also allows for extra classroom pods to be added to the school if necessary.

The main structure of the building is an exposed glulaminated timber frame. Beams and columns are in evidence throughout the primary spaces of the building, including classrooms and the main school hall. Furthermore, a full glulaminated timber frame is exposed at either end of the building leaving the user in no doubt as to the structural solution for the scheme.