La Mare De Carteret School

The States Of Guernsey Education Dept.
On Site

A replacement of the existing La Mare de Carteret High School and Primary School in Guernsey’s Castel parish

Having successfully delivered the award-winning Les Beaucamps High School in 2013, Design Engine fought off strong local and international competition to win a new commission from the States of Guernsey Education Department (now the Committee for Education Sport & Culture): the replacement of the existing La Mare de Carteret High School and Primary School in Guernsey’s Castel parish.

The new development on the La Mare de Carteret site will provide a total gross building area of 13,478 m² comprising:

  • Replacement High School facilities for either 600 or 960 11-16 age pupils.
  • Replacement two-form entry Primary School facilities for up to 420 pupils aged 4-11.
  • Replacement co-provisioned Pre-school accommodation for 32 children aged 3-4.
  • County/national competition level indoor sports facilities within the schools’ new sports facilities.
  • Relocated Communication and Autism Support Service facilities within the two schools.
  • Community facilities for families and the wider community within the schools and sports buildings.

Design Approach

Design Team

structural engineer:
Buro Happold

fire consultant:
Buro Happold

landscape consultant:
Coe Design

Following the Les Beaucamps High School precedent the practice has adopted courtyard plan forms for both primary and secondary schools, in order to create external rooms within and between buildings, creating contrasts between extrovert and active spaces and those that are more introvert and tranquil, allowing more private spaces to be discovered.

Materials for the project have been selected to have a tonal match with the coastal context around La Mare De Carteret: brickwork with variation in blend to ensure a high level of visual texture, bronze cladding which echoes the coastal granites to the west of the site and facades including wall surfaces of coloured ceramics taking their cue from the colours of Guernsey fishing boats.

The project is due to start onsite (subject to final funding approval) in the summer of 2018 with delivery of operational new schools and external facilities by summer 2021 to meet the start of the academic year. The project received planning consent in November 2016.