The design is unique in that it delivers a unified series of spaces, under a single roof. As Head Anne Louise Payne explains: “The previous school like most big Secondary schools had a number of satellite buildings. To be able to move into a purpose built building where everything is under one roof is just an amazing experience for everybody.”
Michael Olliff Managing Director at Scott Brownrigg describes the reason behind the conceptual shape of the building: “A really strong aspect of the masterplan was to design a very prominent profile of the school facing onto the railway line. It’s a very busy commuter line going into central London, and the school were very keen to raise their profile.”
When viewed from this aspect the schools’ long dynamic form has a widescreen anamorphic quality. The overall silhouette is articulated by the faculties, or limbs, the form of which counterpoint the wide horizontal emphasis of the architecture and evoke the four Houses pedagogy of the school.
At the far ‘tail’ end of the building are the sports and community facilities. The main hall is adjacent to a dedicated community entrance. The 6-court sports hall benefits the school and wider community. This large format space has a sprung timber floor and cross laminated timber walls giving the illusion of a timber lined box.