Christ’s Hospital, in Horsham, is an independent school that moved to the site in the 1890s following the construction of a purpose made campus designed by Aston Webb. The buildings are Grade II* Listed.
NRAP architects were appointed in July 2016 following a competitive interview and have since received planning permission for the development of a 20,000 square foot catering facility. The new building will provide a food and nutrition department, as well as facilities for the production of over 800,000 meals per year and a much needed new entrance court to the campus.
“It is no small achievement to be given permission to demolish a large part of a Grade II* Listed building; made possible not only by the quality of the design, but also by the vision and leadership provided by the School.”
We obtained Planning Consent for King’s College for additions to their 1952 hostel on the listed Fellows’ Garden. This, the first phase building, caters for 32 undergraduates, each with their own shower and most with private balconies. The third floor Common Room opens on to a shared terrace.
“A carefully considered scheme that had tremendous thought and consideration to the existing structure and how a new modern piece of architecture can influence the way in which an older building would adapt to fit its new requirements.” The RIBA Judges 2015.
EF Language School,completed in November 2014, was awarded two RIBA Regional Awards plus the Cambridge Design + Construction Award in the Conservation, Alteration or Extension of an Existing Building Category.
The large early 20th Century villa on the site was previously occupied by our client and was very unsuitable for its use as a language school. Our proposal for a new extension and major refurbishment of the villa provides state-of-the-art teaching spaces, improved common room and IT facilities and a series of dramatic circulation spaces. The extension, to the south of the villa, provides 13 new classrooms arranged around a roof lit central atrium. A further 7 class rooms are provided in the villa – at first floor and within a new roof extension. Rooms are predominantly naturally ventilated and an extensive array of solar panels provide on-site energy generation.
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NRAP were appointed as consultants to a Cambridge-based group assisting in the foundation of a Centre for High Technologies in Aktau, Kazakhstan. Building on our experience of the Cambridge Phenomenon, as well as our recent scheme for High Technology in Tashkent, we have developed a model for an institution that brings together research and industry into a forum that offers the opportunity for mutual exchange, both formally and informally.
Pembroke’s Hall was designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1874 but radically altered in 1925 when two floors of undergraduate accommodation were inserted in the open roof space by Maurice Webb. In the twentieth century the problem was compounded when lifts and a staircase to the potwash below were introduced, protruding into the hall space. NRAP, after negotiations with Conservation Officers and English Heritage, obtained consent for a thickening of the Waterhouse screen, which incorporates a new stair and lift. Acoustic plaster was incorporated in the ceiling, and this, with a new lighting scheme, designed by DPA Lighting consultants, new curtains and specialist re-decoration in casein distemper has enhanced the experience of the hall for students, fellows and visitors.
Despite the intricacies of the project’s execution, which was undertaken across two academic years and involved temporary kitchens in a marquee, the work was completed on time and within budget. The project was given a Cambridge Design and Construction Award, and an article on the scheme was published in the Journal of Conservation.
NRAP were commissioned by The Union Society to prepare proposals for developing the corner of Round Church Street and Park Street and for renovating their nineteenth century Waterhouse building. The study illustrated ways of improving internal circulation, access and accommodation within the existing building, plus a range of possibilities for developing the corner plot. The Union subsequently decided to dispose the site to Trinity College, and we were subsequently invited by Trinity to prepare design proposals for a scheme containing 45 student bedrooms and 6 studio flats.
This scheme for Clare College – the second oldest Cambridge College – was prepared for competitive interview. The will achieve substantial amounts of additional communal space under Old Court and along the northern edge of the college, as well as significant environmental improvements and repairs to the building’s fabric.
EF Language School currently occupy a large early 20th Century villa on Hills Road that is very unsuitable for use as a school. Our proposal for a new building provides state-of-the-art teaching spaces, improved common room and IT facilities and residential accommodation for up to 90 students. The new school has been designed in two blocks around a central courtyard. Careful planning ensures that the perimeter planting will be maintained and the overall landscape enhanced through additional planting, including a green wall to the east elevation. A total of 20% renewable energy will be provided through solar cells on the roofs.
The principal façade has a playful composition, with non-aligning windows and staggered timber panels reflecting the manner in which surrounding trees create shadows. Careful window placement creates a sense of movement and the deep reveals give the building a sculptural quality. The elevations of the residential block are more domestic in scale with larger expanses of brickwork and smaller openings to provide greater privacy to the residents. Simple, robust local materials have been chosen for the exteernal walls. A combination of full-height buff brick and oak panels are held between horizontal bands of reconstituted stone.
The refurbishment work we have recently completed on the listed 1950s Raised Faculty Building, designed by Casson Conder, is very discreet. Our proposals involved replacing windows and adding a new heating system to greatly improve the environmental performance of the building without affecting its appearance.