The practice was commissioned to create a new quad for the school, between the new science building (designed by Orms) and the refurbished art block. We were also asked to draw up landscape proposals for a second outdoor area, and a roof terrace on the first floor level of the new building.
“… thank you for your invaluable contribution to the stunning success of the Science Centre at the RIBA East Midlands Regional Awards…”
01 Our Vision
We wanted to create a space which would have the feeling of a university college court, drawing together various styles of architecture to give an immediate sense of place at the heart of the school. At the same time, the landscape had to be practical and robust, to withstand its usage by students.
02 Our Process
We particularly enjoy working with architects and within wider design teams, where our relatively small size allows us to be light on our feet, responsive and flexible.
03 The Outcome
The school now has an attractive yet robust central space which provides a predominantly green heart with legible circulation and areas for formal school events and student relaxation. The science building clocked up four RIBA East Midlands awards for Orms in 2015, including Building of the Year. The judges noted that the new courtyard space had helped to give the Science Centre “…a sense of gravitas and permanency and an overall collegiate feel.”