Orms were commissioned to develop a comprehensive masterplan for the School’s estate to ensure that there was a strategic direction for all development over the next 15 – 20 years.
The five hundred year history of the School has collected a diverse range of buildings and grounds. The masterplan is titled ‘Making the most of what we have’- a recognition that by analysing immediate and future needs and efficiencies, a programme of minimal interventions could unlock under-utilised buildings and the spaces in between.
It is these ‘spaces in between’ that physically and emotionally strengthen the experience of the School for both staff and pupils alike.
The masterplan concentrates on improving pedestrian links, consolidating parking by removing cars from the historic quads to provide a newly landscaped setting for the heart of the School; which would also include upgrading the Memorial Hall and Old School Room. Across the wider estate a series of refurbished and reconfigured educational and pastoral buildings, including the boarding houses, are identified for upgrading over a rolling timeframe.
In parallel to these projects we developed a sustainability policy, identified a new sustainability co-ordinator role and formulated the structure of a new School sustainability committee. This structure underpins the decision making for the masterplan and measures success against environmental, economic and social factors to identify ‘multiple wins’ for all the projects and allow the School to ‘Make the most of what we have’.