Designed by Penoyre & Prasad, The Charter School sought the transformation of its tired buildings into an exemplary modern learning environment for 1200 pupils including a sixth form.
The phased programme began with the creation of a new entrance foyer. This space features a sculptural, tree-like structure that supports its partially glazed roof. The roof has been designed to harvest both solar energy and rainwater.
As part of a strategy to minimise energy and conserve resources, the main four-storey teaching block was stripped back to its frame and rebuilt with new multicoloured cladding to enliven the façade. Night-time ventilation combined with thermal mass helps stabilise internal temperatures and extensive green roofs improve the biodiversity of the site and exploit natural cooling techniques.
- RIBA Award 2003
- Civic Trust Award 2004
- Aluminium Imagination Award
- FX International Design Awards - Finalist