The proposed development comprises a new Humanities Centre, the refurbishment of a Curtilage Listed pavilion and a 0.5 hectare swathe of external landscaping. The chosen site derived from a strategic masterplan assessment of the school’s campus wider needs. In a prominent central location adjoining the school’s main cricket field and close to existing Grade II Listed buildings designs were rigorously interrogated by both the Local Planning Authority as well as Historic England.
Scale, location and attention to detail, as well as landscape integration, played an important part in arriving at an acceptable concept. Ultimately a simple rectilinear plan provides 16 new classrooms on two floors. Passive environmental solutions for daylight and natural ventilation drove the approach to building elevations, sections and massing.
The re-landscaping of the site within the heart of the School’s campus represented an opportunity of not only creating the setting for the new building but also establishing an external paving language to deal with new pedestrian circulation areas throughout the school.