This building is being designed to be adaptable and flexible, futureproofing the school environment. The new building offers several efficiencies and brings the music and drama departments together into a single home adjoining the existing Performing Arts Centre. The new performing arts teaching spaces are purpose designed to support the high quality learning and teaching in the departments.
The design approach was to create a reserved and elegant building, blending and subtly referencing the surrounding architecture. Constructed mainly of London brick and inspired by classical proportions, the building features copper clad strips alongside the main windows. The south-facing facade at the heart of the site has a colonnade that provides solar shading to minimize heat gains and glare and maximise daylight in the teaching spaces, all aspects that have a crucial impact on learning.