Any change to a Lutyens Grade II* was going to be controversial and 17 redevelopment schemes had previously been rejected. Following intensive consultation the practice drew up a masterplan for the whole campus, stipulating much smaller buildings with external circulation along colonnades at two levels.
Each new L-shaped wing extends directly from the cross-axis of the Lutyens buildings. The buildings are constructed with lime mortar brickwork and clay tiled roofs.
Hopkins Architects' school buildings are a timely reminder of the value of carefully designed educational environments.