ARCHITECTURE
& URBAN DESIGN

Project title
Sherborne House School
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Description
New Classroom Block & Hall (£1.1 million)
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Value
£1.1 million
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Client
GEMS Education UK
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Programme
Completion September 2013
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Location
Hampshire
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Architect's Role
Complete Service RIBA Stages A – L
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"The building is a delight" 
Heather Hopson-Hill, Headteacher

All photographs are © Dennis Gilbert


 

 

Sherborne House School

Achieving planning permission in a sensitive context, this extension to a highly successful preparatory school in Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire, opened in September 2013. Set around a new landscape courtyard, the new hall and four classrooms give space for PE, assemblies, performances and learning.

Low-cost environmental and structural strategies ensure simplicity of construction and operation. The roof pitch is used to drive cross-ventilation in classrooms and draught lobbies protect the classrooms from wind and low temperatures.

The structure is almost entirely timber. Classrooms are built with a softwood timber frame and laminated timber roof beams. The hall uses laminated timber beams and both buildings are clad in warm-coloured and long-lasting cedar boards.

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