Penair School, Cornwall

  • Client Cornwall Council
  • Location Truro, Cornwall
  • Year 2023
  • Cost £4.8m

The expansion of Penair Secondary School was delivered as part of Cornwall Council’s 'School’s Basic Needs' programme to provide additional high-quality pupil places across the County. The new development provides ten General Teaching Classrooms, a new dining hall, a local staff base, pupil and staff WCs and a purpose-built hygiene room.

Within the constraints of a modest budget and a complex sloping site, the project has been designed for accessibility, ease of operation and to minimise future maintenance. The environmental design and natural ventilation strategy is optimised to maximise daylight and minimise overheating. Oversize windows provide generous views out for staff and students to make the most of the site’s established trees and rural views.

Natural and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery units have been neatly coordinated with windows and M&E services to deliver fresh air throughout the teaching spaces, providing simple individual control of the classroom environment.

Poynton Bradbury Architects were appointed to produce the initial BB103 Analysis and subsequently took the design through from inception to concept design prior to being novated to Kier Construction to support the delivery phase.

New accessible entrance to the general teaching block
New dining hall at Penair School
General Teaching Classroom windows incorporating MVHR units
DfE compliant General Teaching Classrooms with MVHR hybrid ventilation and integrated teaching walls
New dining hall at Penair School and elevation of brickwork.
The bright and airy dining hall has delighted students and staff
Large windows provide a view to the surrounding trees and natural landscape
External photograph of the new dining hall at Penair School

"[The new building] gives us a real opportunity to grow the school and move us forward in terms of our strategic vision and plans.”

James Davidson, Head Teacher
Aerial photograph of Penair School and new development