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Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School

by Fletcher Crane Architects

Client Claremont Fan Court School

Awards RIBA South East Award 2022

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Fletcher Crane Architects were engaged by Claremont Fan Court School to design and deliver a new building to provide 10 subject-specific classrooms set over two levels, on its sensitive Grade I listed historic estate. The route into the site follows a fall in the ground level, and the new building contrasts this with a strong horizontal roofline – an abstracted entablature perhaps – supported by a sober two-storey dark brick colonnade that echoes the trunks of the trees that surround it.

Two floors of bright, well-equipped classrooms and laboratories are linked by top-lit broad passages and a generous, double-height foyer space with seating and a well-detailed concrete staircase. An upper floor hallway culminates in a display-case window, allowing the building’s users to show their work to passersby.

The axial stair through the building may become a principal route into the school as the masterplan develops, and the building’s upper level opens onto a terrace facing the project’s other building on this route – a design and technology workshop clad in expanded metal. This building has a technical directness suited to its function, and a quiet theatricality in the way that its glazed wall makes the workshop and its machines and users appear almost like actors on a stage to those passing by – a drama of making.

Internal area 1,600.00 m²

Contractor Life Build Solutions

Structural Engineers Elliot Wood

Environmental / M&E Engineers Michael Jones Associates

Energy Assessor Ingleton Wood

Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant Synergy

Project Management Richardson Greenyer

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