Mary Hare School


Situated in the Berkshire town of Newbury, Mary Hare is the UK’s largest school for the hearing impaired. To facilitate the continued increase of student intake, Elementa were appointed to deliver the building services for their planned brand new primary school and campus wide masterplan.

At present, the existing school is housed within a Grade II* listed building not fit for purpose to provide the students aged 5-19 with a first class specialist learning experience. Issues included the inflexibility, aged systems, expensive maintenance alongside the facilities being dispersed around the grand estate.

With the overarching ambition to create a centre of excellence, the new masterplan equips the school to offer this in abundance through the new state of the art school, business centre, works and vocational hubs as well as optional boarding accommodation for the children living further afield.

As well as typical classrooms/breakout spaces the new school will look to provide test laboratories primarily to monitor and test the children’s hearing. The vocational hubs will offer woodwork and metal workshop studios to provide students with hands on, practical skills as well as designated spaces for start-up companies to come in/run sessions with the kids giving them key employment skills.

To meet the needs of the children, the acoustics of the building have been at the forefront of the design and will be carefully integrated into the services to meet the client’s regulations.

Working alongside PLB Architects, whom Elementa have established a strong 5 year relationship, we are able to work closely together to understand and advise on the client’s aspirations for this project. Targeted for completion in September 2020, the completed school will provide a first class space, for both students and staff to learn, relax and enjoy.

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