Durand Academy

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Location:
Sussex
Client:
Durand Academy
Sector:
Education
Cost:
£18m
Status:
Competition

Durand School is a successful state primary in Stockwell, which has acquired a 19 acre former special needs school in West Sussex, in a National Park. It intends to locate a state funded secondary boarding school on this site – the first of its kind in the UK, thus creating an all-through education experience for its primary pupils.

The site provides a steeply sloping and heavily wooded setting for its main building – a Norman Shaw Grade II Listed manor house. A large walled garden and the South Lawn are also significant features of the site. We were one of two practices who were shortlisted, to provide master plan proposals for a the new school building, accommodation blocks and sports building. We endeavoured to preserve the best of the existing buildings, and design new accommodation which do not detract from the setting of the original Wispers house, which were contemporary whilst fitting into the historic surroundings. The existing walled garden, a historical diagonal path with its origin outside the manor house, and the steeped wooded banks all became part of our educational vision for the school and integrated into our new learning campus.

Durand School is a successful state primary in Stockwell, which has acquired a 19 acre former special needs school in West Sussex, in a National Park. It intends to locate a state funded secondary boarding school on this site – the first of its kind in the UK, thus creating an all-through education experience for its primary pupils.

The site provides a steeply sloping and heavily wooded setting for its main building – a Norman Shaw Grade II Listed manor house. A large walled garden and the South Lawn are also significant features of the site. We were one of two practices who were shortlisted, to provide master plan proposals for a the new school building, accommodation blocks and sports building. We endeavoured to preserve the best of the existing buildings, and design new accommodation which do not detract from the setting of the original Wispers house, which were contemporary whilst fitting into the historic surroundings. The existing walled garden, a historical diagonal path with its origin outside the manor house, and the steeped wooded banks all became part of our educational vision for the school and integrated into our new learning campus.

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