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ECA have achieved planning permission for a large educational facility for Yarrells Preparatory School in Upton. ECA are involved in each stage of the building process from inception to project management and completion on site. An integrated approach to planning and design has proved very successful here, where the design received positive feedback from Purbeck Planners from the outset.

ECA Architects worked up a low-impact design which gained a positive response from planning officers at the pre-application stage. The ECA planning team prepared a Planning, Design and Access Statement which demonstrated how the design responds to the constraint placed on the site by trees. ECA worked in conjunction with Mark Hinsley Arboricultural Consultants and Patrick Mahon, structural engineer, to devise a design and construction method which will guarantee the long-term health and protection of trees at the site which contribute towards its unique character.

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The proposed new building adopts a sympathetic design approach to create a low-impact, lightweight structure using natural materials and a low-lying ‘inverted’ roof design which brings light into the building as well as creating an attractive contemporary appearance. The new building will comprise six new classrooms and associated facilities for children and staff, and will complement other campus buildings.

The school has been praised by inspectors for teaching and learning in its Early Years Foundation Stage and is now able to develop a new modern purpose-built facility for these year groups. Work is due to start on site in Summer 2015.


Site Photos and construction progress


Steel deck, siting on piles 02 April 2016


Timber floor Cassettes in place 13 April 2016


Wall Cassettes in place 05 May 2016


Roof TGI joists in 13 May 2016


Cladding and Roof on 23 May 2016


Front View – frame complete June 2016


Toping out ceremony 08 June 2016