Client: Cambridgeshire County Council/Kier Construction
Location: Waterbeach
Status: Complete

Saunders BostonĀ  designed the development with the aim of improving existing facilities and increasing student capacity; widening access to positive learning environments and better education opportunities for the local community. The new development considers the visual impact of colour to create a vibrant atmosphere for learning, which can be seen in rainbow-glazed bricks around the outside of the building and as a continued theme within the school.

A well-designed school is an essential foundation for students’ learning to flourish, we wanted to create a space that would inspire students and teachers and stimulate a positive learning environment in which to learn and grow together. Colour was extremely important to this design, as it helps to create a motivating atmosphere in which creative and original thinking is encouraged.

The two-storey extension consisting of 12 classrooms, a group learning room, an improved and extended main entrance, and revised landscape and interior design. In line with our commitment to enhance learning through design, it has incorporated a ‘Learning Street’  naturally lit by two large skylights; allowing important break-out space for students and teachers.


“Ensuring that students feel inspired by their surroundings is of huge importance; it has been brilliant to see Saunders Boston Architects bring this vision to life for us. The rainbow theme running throughout the whole school connects us as a community hub and reflects the bright, ambitious learning attitude of our students.”


Headteacher at Waterbeach Community Primary School