BuckleyGrayYeoman has completed a masterplan for Channing School in Highgate.
The £5.5 million, 1645 sq m project provides new sports facilities and Sixth Form accommodation in modern brick-built buildings that overlook north London from the school?s campus at the top of Highgate Hill.
BuckleyGrayYeoman?s scheme positions the new buildings nearby the existing school and uses their orientation to define a new ?village green? that will form the heart of the school, with landscaped play spaces and covered walkways.
The designs add three buildings to the school?s estate, improving the Sports, Performing Arts and Sixth-Form facilities whilst remaining sensitive to, and building upon, its rich architectural and educational heritage.
Set within a conservation area, the scale of new buildings for the sports hall, sixth-form centre and new performing arts facilities have been designed to remain sensitive to the adjacent listed buildings on campus. These additions take the shape of a simple series of pitched forms that echo the structure of the Founders? Hall to the North, whilst framing views of Channing School?s stepped landscape to the northeast.
The new sixth-form centre provides a range of teaching spaces that offer ?open-plan? university style learning, all naturally ventilated with views onto the schools green landscaping and external amphitheatre.
The performing arts building, which be completed end of next year will provide a 300 capacity semi-professional theatre with retractable seating, underpinning the school?s excellence in music.
BuckleyGrayYeoman have designed a scheme that stitches together the school?s heritage with new, confident architecture and a campus plan that enriches the sense of community at Channing.