Sheppard Robson’s design for this Roman Catholic boys’ grammar school achieved planning consent in 2010 and the school opened to pupils in September 2012. The design reflects the college’s religious ethos, ambitiously built in the shape of a Celtic Cross, the symbol of the Christian brothers, with space at its centre representing the ‘heart of the community’.
At ground level there is an open-plan social area with a chapel at the heart of the school, an auditorium for 1,000 people which can be converted into a theatre, and a canteen. The central space is visible from all points and provides access to teaching areas, dispensing with the need for internal corridors. Cantilevered platforms at upper levels house staff areas, library and ICT facilities. The open-plan teaching environment is built with collapsible, folding walls; this creates high visibility and enables teachers to use the latest technology to work flexibly on either a one-to-one or small group basis, as well as delivering lessons to much larger group.