This site contained three boarding houses for both boarding and day pupils. Our brief was to extend and refurbish the existing facilities and provide a new boarding house. The clients aspiration was to give the boarding houses a new image as part of the schools ongoing vision of replacing older, tired buildings with state-of-the-art facilities. Our design addressed these aspirations whilst also recognising the need for a traditional architectural treatment which fits sympathetically into the context of the existing campus.
A traditional JCT form of contract was employed with a phased approach to allow the existing building to be occupied and remain operational throughout the works, thus minimising the disruption to the school. The new build elements are a loadbearing masonry structure. All bedrooms in the new build and refurbished areas include self-contained pod bathrooms to reduce fit-out times and significantly shorten the overall construction phase.