Pride in progress: consultants in �35m Thomas Clarkson revamp tweet picture of new classrooms

THE future is almost upon students of Thomas Clarkson Community College, Wisbech, as their new classrooms start to take shape.

Gone are most of the outdated classrooms to be replaced with five modern and large two-storey blocks. The principal’s Eden effect will soon become a reality.

The design consultants in the �35million project are so proud of progress that they shared this picture last night with followers on Twitter.

A tweet from Make Architects, which accompanied the picture, said: “Our Thomas Clarkson Community College is going up rather fast in sunny Wisbech.”

The school is being revamped as part of the first phase of the Building Schools for the Future Project in Fenland. Neale-Wade Community College, in March, is part-way through a �25million refurbishment.

Prior to work starting Kevin Manley, BSF project consultant, said of the Wisbech scheme: “At the moment the school doesn’t have what you might describe as a heart. In future they will have.

“One of the things Maureen Strudwick, the head, was looking for was an Eden effect, large, open spaces, with plants.”

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Make Architects is an international practice which designs innovative and sustainable buildings.

Make is the lead consultant on the design of the school, which will be transformed into an innovative and dynamic school by consolidating and redeveloping the existing buildings across the length of the site.

An existing block is retained and renovated to form one of five ‘fingers’ which incorporate three learning communities, sports and theatre facilities and administration accommodation.

These fingers fan out from a central ‘Eden’ space that forms the heart of the school, enabling connectivity and wayfinding.

Kier Construction is undertaking the redevelopment.

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