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Devonshire Primary School


Location Client Cost Completion Awards
Blackpool, UK Blackpool MBC £6.5m 2006 1

Project details

State-of-the-art school on a restricted site.

We adapted our multi-level vertical exemplar school design to create the ‘Beehive’ — a ground-breaking building with pod-style classrooms and multi-use games area.

The design is built around user needs and natural daylight: classrooms face north — ensuring good day lighting without overheating — and play decks face south, with shelter providing protection from the sun.

We utilised an internal street to divide the ground floor into four functional quadrants: staff/admin, nursery/reception, community/multi-use facilities and the main hall/dining areas.

The roof of the main hall is a landscaped garden, while teacher accommodation sits at upper levels at either side of the central circulation node and can be accessed off the semi-external play decks.


  • build a modern school on a tight urban site


  • cutting-edge teaching environment
  • full utilisation of a tight urban plot
  • award: RIBA Award 2007

Integrated services

architecture, environmental engineering, structural engineering, landscape architecture, lighting, acoustics