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Garden Building on awards shortlist

Garden Building on awards shortlist

The new Garden Building at St Paul’s Girls’ School – for which we designed the landscape masterplan – has been shortlisted for the 2019 British Construction Industry Awards.

The architect, John McAslan + Partners, submitted the building for the awards in the ‘Social Infrastructure of the Year’ category. RMA is listed with other project contributors including Alan Baxter Associates, Atelier 10, MHBC, Scotch Partners and David Bonnett Associates.

The new building was officially opened by Dame Carol Black, Principal of Newnham College, Cambridge in September last year. Its construction has transformed an underused area at the back of the school into a vibrant, green space at the heart of the ‘campus’. This new space has been designed to combine the qualities of a college court with those of a private garden, in order to provide both sociable and quieter spaces.

Our landscape design is organised around a central geometric lawn on the sunniest part of the site, which can be used as an informal recreational or performance space. The lawn is framed by a series of yew-hedged garden rooms on one side and, on the other, by a new plant bed with trees. The garden rooms include timber seating and a sculptural steel pergola, making them suitable for quiet contemplation and group study.

This is the third – and largest – phase of work that RMA has undertaken at the school, built in 1904 and designed by Arts and Crafts architect Gerald Callcott Horsley, which has added a number of buildings over the past century. Our new masterplan rationalises the site, enhancing the historic grade II-listed buildings while creating new facilities for the 21st century.

The British Construction Industry award winners will be announced at a ceremony in London, on 9 October.