Bremore Educate Together is a 1000 pupil Post Primary School, with specialist classrooms, PE Facilities and a 2 classroom special needs unit. Informed by the site constraints, the building has been designed as a taller, three storey volume. It is centred around a triple height General Purpose Hall, which acts as the main entrance and the wings of the school radiate from this central hub. Social spaces and circulation are located at first and second floor levels arranged around the Hall.
The entrance is signified by the east facing cantilevered staffroom, which has generous views of the ocean. The cantilevered blocks of the staffroom and the library both are clad in anthracite panels, with the strip windows being highlighted by coloured trespa.
The main Classroom wings are arranged along the perimeter of the site and each of the elements separated with a glazed link giving a distinct rhythm to the elevation. The Classroom blocks are elevated with alternating buff brick and render. The glazed links generally contain student social spaces and pastoral care offices. The roof has been designed to bring light into the generous corridor spaces, and is distributed to the lower floors by lightwells. The internal colour palette for Bremore is modest when compared to its neighbour, however moments of colours have still been used to give the scheme vitality.
Externally, a serpentine path follows a route through landscaping to the high levels at White Hart Lane which was designed to ensure wheelchair accessibility to the playing fields and ballcourts.
Department of Education and Skills, Ireland
Photographer Credits Donal McCann Photography