All of the works have been planned to minimise disruption to the ongoing academic activities and to tie in with the school timetable. The site is tightly constrained and logistically challenging and the school is also located in the Belgravia Conservation Area bounded by back gardens and the underground.
Our team have built up a strong relationship with the Client over numerous phases as they seek to unlock the site and resolve their demands in terms of circulation, size and academic excellence.
The scheme demonstrates how intelligent design can be used to maximise efficient and effective space with the budget being allocated to achieve maximum impact. The high profile Centre for Creative Learning project garnered much praise on completion, with its subterranean gardens, sculptural rooflights and various learning zones which foster independent learning for all age groups. The NLA noted that the “it provides a unique and nurturing space for pupils to read, interact and learn in the city” whilst the RIBA commended how the building “knits together various parts of the school as a transient space while creating a destination in itself, much loved by staff and students.”
The Centre for Creative Learning was recipient of the Wellbeing Prize at the NLA Awards 2020. It also received a 2021 RIBA National Award and a 2022 American Institute of Architects design award (AIA).
Photos by Nick Caville.