Mary Hare School

Mary Hare School

United Kingdom
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Situated in the Berkshire town of Newbury, Mary Hare is the UK’s largest school for the hearing impaired.

To facilitate the continued increase of student intake, Introba (formerly Elementa Consulting) was appointed to deliver the building services for their planned brand-new primary school and campus-wide master plan.

Currently, the existing school is housed within a Grade II* listed building not fit for purpose to provide the students aged 5-19 with a first-class specialist learning experience. Issues included inflexibility, aged systems, and expensive maintenance alongside the facilities being dispersed around the grand estate.

With the overarching ambition to create a center of excellence, the new master plan equips the school to offer this in abundance through the new state-of-the-art school, business center, works, and vocational hubs, as well as optional boarding accommodation for the children living further afield.

As well as typical classrooms/breakout spaces, the new school will look to provide test laboratories primarily to monitor and test the children’s hearing. The vocational hubs will offer woodwork and metal workshop studios to provide students with hands-on, practical skills and designated spaces for start-up companies to come in/run sessions with the kids giving them essential employment skills.

To meet the children’s needs, the building’s acoustics has been at the forefront of the design and will be carefully integrated into the services to meet the client’s regulations.

Working alongside PLB Architects, with whom Introba has established a strong five-year relationship, we can work closely together to understand and advise on the client’s aspirations for this project. Targeted for completion in September 2020, the completed school will provide a first-class space for students and staff to learn, relax and enjoy.

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