Francis Holland School – Centre for Creative Learning

The Brief

Francis Holland School is a leading independent girls’ school established over 140 years ago and with locations in Sloane Square and Regents Park. We have been working with the Client to best utilise every space at both of their sites and to expand their teaching space since 2015.

This project unlocked an underutilised courtyard within the school grounds to create a new build award winning Centre for Creative Learning pavilion. The overall project also included a rooftop garden and attractive extended lower ground garden area, the three storey extension of an existing school building to provide additional performing art facilities, an ICT lab and classrooms, and the refurbishment of the library to create further flexible, social and collaborative space.


Francis Holland School


London SW1




5,800 ft²


  • Education


  • Cost Consultancy

The Challenge

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 Outcome

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.

"This is a complex brief on a challenging site, executed with love and care to create something enduring and special.”
The Royal Institute of British Architects

Other Projects We’ve Completed Include

West Downs Teaching & Learning Centre

ArtsEd Schools

Berkhamsted School – Various Projects