We were delighted to have been the lead consultant for a £25m project to replace St John’s School in Marlborough, Wiltshire. Being almost entirely self-funded, this large scale education project is unique.
The new state-of -the-art building replaced two dilapidated 1960’s sites. The design consisted of a series of large pockets cut into the ground creating a sequence of generous sunlit courtyards. Wide covered external walkways link together the courtyards and the school facilities including a central ’embryo’ space, which rise up through the main roof to form an iconic social centre for the students including resource centre, library and sixth form centre.
All the buildings are covered in a curved eco-friendly sedum roof that blends gently into the surrounding landscape..
Following on from this project Building Schools for Nothing was established as a new business venture and we are currently working with schools advising on and exploring opportunities for self funding total or partial redevelopment of school buildings.
We are currently working with Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College (RES) to develop a completely new school campus without funding from local or central government. To find out more information please see www.rydens.surrey.sch.uk