IPACA Osprey Quay Campus, Dorset

Client: Dorset County Council
Contract Value: £6m
Programme: 87 weeks (Phase 1 & 2 combined)
Completion Date: February 2012
Form of Contract: PPC2000
Contracts Manager: Ian Chorlton
Quantity Surveyor: Colin Morris
Site Manager: Bill Davies
Architect: Dorset County Council
Engineer: Roughton

The Isle of Portland Academy (IPACA) Osprey Quay Campus building was built to provide a modern and effective learning environment for the Brackenbury Infant School and Underhill Junior School which have now been amalgamated.

Located at Osprey Quay, the 1,900m² school caters for 315 pupils with an additional 26 place nursery. The building utilises traditional steel frame construction with brick and local Portland stone cladding. An external multi-use games and outdoor play area was also created as part of the scheme.

Situated close to Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, one of the main venues for the 2012 Olympics, the school and site were used as a facility for competing athletes during the Games. Stepnell returned to the school post Olympics to carry out revisions and final fit out ready for the first intake of pupils.

In addition to the state-of-the-art learning facilities the school utilises a number of sustainable features including green roof, rainwater harvesting and biomass boiler.

Key Features

  • BREEAM Excellent
  • Biomass boiler
  • Green roof
  • Natural ventilation
  • Natural daylighting
  • Locally sourced materials
  • Low energy electrical fittings
  • Engagement with local primary schools in the form of site visits and talks