Plans approved for new school block at Woodroffe

The new school block will be built on the bank between the playing courts and sports hall

PLANNING permission has been granted for a new two-storey teaching block at the Woodroffe School in Lyme Regis.

The new block will be built on the sloping bank between the school’s playing courts and sports hall. Because of the steep incline, it will appear as a one-storey building from the sports hall and two storeys from the courts.

The development will be 512 square metres with a library resource centre, toilet, office, store and ancillary spaces on the ground floor, and three general classrooms, a small group room, toilet, office and a store on the upper floor.

The design, with a traditional form and repetitive glazing, will reflect the original Gothic Revival buildings on campus, whilst taking cues from materials found elsewhere on site and contemporary minimal detailing to create a new, modern building.

The application states: “The scale of the proposal will be in keeping with the character of the site and context. “The building is to be of a similar mass and scale to the existing two-storey teaching blocks that form the school campus, allowing the building to integrate effectively into the site and not be overly prominent.”

The new development will not result in additional pupil or staff numbers, but will instead replace outdated teaching space elsewhere in the school.

The initial plan was for the new block to be built over the summer holidays, but no start date has yet been given due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The full plans can be viewed online at

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