As the first of nine new buildings in the same architects’ masterplan for Brighton College Independent School, the Skidelsky building provides new classrooms, a laboratory and common rooms. The client wanted an economic, almost industrial, feel to the new Lower School building to act as a decanter to allow other parts of the masterplan to be developed. Built to a high standard on a low budget on a restricted site on the edge of the Grade I and II listed campus its simple robust detailing and choice of materials make for a refreshing simplicity of detail in its ornate Victorian surroundings.
An almost black brick, and large Douglas Fir hinged natural ventilation panels characterise the facade.
Winner of RIBA Regional Client of the Year Award