Simon Henley & Chris Cleugh

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Case study - St. Benedict's chool: Re-invigorating the school through creative design

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Simon Henley & Chris Cleugh

  1. 1. St. Benedict’s School - re-invigorating the school through creative design remodelling education spaces Chris Cleugh & Simon Henley
  2. 5. The Brief Assembly hall Examination hall Languages department Music School Chapel Visitor & staff entrance Medical facilities WCs & lockers
  3. 6. “ the best refurbishment projects address the whole school site- even if only parts of it will be subject to major change. The least successful look at only bits of the school and don’t take the trouble to understand how they will integrate with or affect the other parts.” New from Old: Transforming Secondary Schools Through Refurbishment , CABE 2009
  4. 7. The wider school in its residential neighbourhood
  5. 8. Reinvigorate the whole school
  6. 9. The Site – one building had a detrimental affect on the school realm
  7. 10. The Plan…responding to the brief, to build at the heart of the school
  8. 11. Looking to ecclesiastical architecture to communicate the school’s ideology and faith-based culture
  9. 12. The Cloisters public spaces are… “ sites for the cultivation of a common citizenship” Michael Sandall, Reith Lectures 2009
  10. 13. A piece of infrastructure… looking at the whole school
  11. 14. Symbolic Entrance
  12. 15. An impromptu meeting
  13. 16. Assembly
  14. 17. Rehearsal
  15. 18. Performance
  16. 19. Culture – the ever present Chapel
  17. 20. Informal & formal
  18. 21. Passive environmental design lighting, ventilation & acoustics
  19. 22. Classrooms – the new wing mirrors the existing one
  20. 23. A Classroom
  21. 24. Square 360 degree classroom
  22. 25. North Court a new space between the buildings
  23. 26. Theatre of everyday life
  24. 27. New focus for movement between floors
  25. 28. Changes in level stitching floors together
  26. 29. Revealing connections between spaces
  27. 30. Green roof a plausible terra firma & garden
  28. 31. Music School a different character & acoustic
  29. 32. Music School naturally lit & ventilated
  30. 33. Chapel – skylight & windows cast symbolic light
  31. 34. Forging dynamic connections
  32. 35. Forging connections – robust interiors
  33. 36. Forging connections with imperceptable level changes
  34. 37. “ As CABE loves to say, good architecture comes from good clients and good briefs, and it comes from communication between clients, users & architects” Rowan Moore, The Observer 12 September 2010
  35. 38. Process & engagement
  36. 39. Process & engagement
  37. 40. WHY REMODEL? Building a new school means… … a loss of physical capital … a loss of cultural capital … and potentially risks creating as many problems as one solves
  38. 41. “ The story of the consumer society… being encouraged, persuaded, perhaps… to spend money we don’t have,… on things we don’t need,… to create impressions that won’t last,… Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development and Director of RESOLVE (RESearch group On Lifestyles, Values and the Environment)
  39. 42. “ The Cloisters” has realised the potential of the whole site, and reinforced the culture and identity of the school.” New from Old: Transforming Secondary Schools Through Refurbishment , CABE 2009 RIBA Award Winner 2009 BCSE Best Remodelled School 2009 Alternative RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist 2009

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