Drawing up plans for a studio school

James Hopkinson, from Blake Hopkinson, and Val Wigham, from Studio West.
James Hopkinson, from Blake Hopkinson, and Val Wigham, from Studio West.

A North Shields-based architects has helped create Tyneside’s first ever studio school.

Blake Hopkinson Architects has helped turn a vision in to a reality to create Studio West in Newcastle, the first school of its kind in the area.

The studio school, based on the site of the former All Saints College, takes learning away from the traditional classroom environment and instead provides hands on practical experience for GCSE, A-Level and vocational students.

Blake Hopkinson not only advised on best use of existing space and technical needs but also worked with the design brief and vision from Val Wigham, Studio West Principal.

James Hopkinson, partner at Blake Hopkinson, said: “As the first school of its kind in the area, we have been breaking new ground on this scheme and we are delighted that we have managed to turn the senior management team’s vision into a reality and create such a bright and stimulating environment for the students to really get excited by.”

Val Wigham said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to work with a firm of local architects to create this flagship studio school.

“They really have captured the essence of what we were looking to create and have adapted their designs to meet our budgets and the constraints of the building’s existing footprint.

“Our first tranche of students have arrived this month and we are confident that we are providing them with a learning environment that will excite them and inspire them to achieve.”

For more information on Blake Hopkinson Architects visit www.bharchitects.co.uk