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Presentation College, Bray

Following a competitive interview process in 2000, PKA was appointed by the Board of Presentation College, and the Department of Education and Science, for a major redevelopment of Presentation College, Bray, Co Wicklow.

The initial brief was to renovate the existing three-storey sixties’ building, with the addition of new general classrooms and specialist accommodation to accommodate a total enrolment of 600 pupils. However, PKA’s feasibility study recommended that the most economic solution would be to demolish the existing building and develop a new split-campus school, incorporating the existing sports pavilion and first year block.

PKA’s plan groups the various buildings around a new school quadrangle, giving a strong identity and sense of place, and taking full advantage of the constrained site and addressing the retained buildings.

Phase 1 includes the renovation of the existing first-year building, changing-room pavilion and construction of a new all-weather rugby pitch.

Phase 2 is the new classroom block, a three storey structure which defines the northern edge of the proposed courtyard. An atrium-type central spine, provides cross ventilation and daylight to the corridor spaces below.

Phase 3 is a new state of the art sports hall for the school. It has a single space mono pitch roof structure and is naturally lit and ventilated by high level glazing. 

Winner of the 2013 RIAI Best Educational Building Award.

Client: Board of Management, Presentation College, Putland Road, Bray
Value: €6,044,652
Size: 5,185 Sq.m.
Reference: Gerry Duffy, School Principal, Presentation College
Design: 2001
Completion: 2011