Minster School in Southwell, Nottinghamshire by Penoyre & Prasad has won the 2009 RIBA Sorrell Foundation Schools Award.
Now in its third year, the RIBA Sorrell Foundation Schools Award was created to help raise the standard of school design. The prize is for the architects of the best RIBA award-winning school design project.
The RIBA Sorrell Foundation Schools Award announcement was made on Saturday 17 October at a special awards ceremony for the RIBA Stirling Prize in association with The Architects' Journal and Crystal CG at Old Billingsgate in London, introduced by Tom Dyckhoff, architecture critic for The Times newspaper. The winner was announced by Lady Frances Sorrell, co-founder of the Sorrell Foundation and presented with a cheque for £5,000. The award was judged by Lady Frances Sorrell; MJ Long, Long & Kentish Architects; Head Teacher Ryan Hawley from Garibaldi College; and Tony Chapman, RIBA head of awards.
The highly functional design of The Minster School in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, is the result of close consultation between the architects and the school, and is highly sympathetic to the local community. It is evident that the new building has created a sense of aspiration in the pupils. The design takes a thorough and robust approach to sustainability, incorporating natural stack ventilation, high levels of insulation, underfloor heating with high-efficiency boilers and uses rainwater recycling to reduce water consumption.
Speaking about The Minster School, Lady Sorrell said:
‘When a school goes through the journey of modernising learning, it needs classrooms like these which are highly adaptable. .The new school has a bright and interested pool of pupils to draw on, and they are clearly making good use of the opportunity because the resulting anatomy works very convincingly. From the unique locker design to the wheelchair-height water fountains it is clear that so much care has gone into the design of this school.’
The other shortlisted buildings for the award were:
Merchants’ Academy, Bristol by Penoyre & Prasad
St Mary Magdalene Academy, London by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
FalmouthSchool and Design & Technology Building, Cornwall by Urban Salon