The new prep school is housed within four, six storey Grade II Listed mid-Victorian townhouses in South Kensington. Whilst acknowledging that the planning and listed building consents were a lengthy process for the client, it was Broadway Malyan's role to deliver the Cognita and Senior Leadership Team’s mission to be the ‘best prep school in London’. Given the constraints of the listed buildings, originally four terraced townhouses, the challenge was embraced to create one School.
The starting point for the design proposals was two-fold; to understand the heritage and the potential of the existing buildings, and to identify the delivery of the curriculum within the constrained flow through the buildings. Movement of pupils and staff around the school was critical as horizontal circulation was in limited locations through the party walls of buildings. Diagrams to illustrate the primary circulation routes and also to the specialist spaces enabled the design team, client and end-users to visualise the paths around the school.