Set in the grounds of an old manor house built in the 17th century, once lived in by the Davenport family, Westwood College is a state school for 13-19 year-olds’. The site has numerous different architectural builds including a science block built in the 1980’s and ‘New Hall’ in the 60’s.
We were engaged to design a new building providing four new classrooms alongside studios for drama and dance. The building is sited on a former tennis court on the College campus and sits within an attractive wooded setting surrounded by a variety of high-quality buildings, some of which are listed.
The design incorporates two distinctive single storey blocks to express the different uses, separated by a glazed entrance core. The classrooms are finished in render and glass with a mono-pitched roof which leans against a spine wall. The studio spaces on the opposite side of the atrium are clad in cedar boarding with flat roofs.
The construction was carried out under tight budget and time constraints. The building was completed in late 2009 after just 6 months on site.