Trumpington Community College Officially Opened by HRH The Duke of Gloucester
Trumpington Community Colelge were delighted to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to on Friday 23 September 2016. HRH toured the school, met with staff, students, governors and those involved in the design and construction of the building and also officially opened Trumpington Community College.
The school has been designed by a partnership led by Avanti Architects, including Max Fordham and constructed by Morgan Sindall with project management by Aecom. The building has been designed to be flexible enough to adapt to changes in education over the next 50 years, and also to be responsive to climate change.
The new school features an innovative open plan design, inspired by Danish school models. It features a light-filled central atrium, with teaching areas laid out over two floors. Extensive use of glass connects all the areas of the school as well as giving views of the playing fields and surrounding community. An art installation in the atrium by Umbrellium has created a virtual cat which the students can interact with to understand how much energy the building is using. The school also has a Community Sports Centre which is run by Abbeycroft Leisure.
The whole project has been overseen by a charitable trust, City of Cambridge Education Foundation, working in partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council. Chair of the Foundation, Nick Hood commented:-
“We are delighted that The Duke of Gloucester has opened the new school. We hope it will be an inspiring place to learn for generations of students, and also a source of pride for the local community.”