Channing School Phase I

19 August 2015

Phase I of the Channing School redevelopment project in Highgate, North London has completed providing new sports facilities and sixth form accommodation in modern brick-built buildings.


A new 4 badminton court sports hall sits below two of the three roof ridges, creating high quality indoor sports facilities for badminton, hockey, netball and cricket as well as a fitness suite, changing rooms and teaching rooms. Sixth form accommodation has been created in the upper floors of the third pitched volume and provides a new dedicated IT suite alongside a range of teaching spaces that create the opportunity for university-style seminar teaching sessions.


High quality materials were chosen throughout the project. The predominant red brick material was selected in response to the architectural context within and around the site. A design conceived as a monolithic brick sculpture has apertures that appear ‘carved’ from the brick skin in creating the fenestration. The careful selection of the handmade brick by Charnwood was chosen for its natural variegation of colour, texture and technical properties. Several brick specials were fabricated to facilitate the construction of the chamfered window reveals, wrapped eaves and expressed gable ends. Traditional lime mortar was used to minimise the need for movement joints, resulting in a crafted, sculptural finish.


The new buildings now provide Channing school with first class teaching facilities to support the educational development of young students both in terms of academic and physical excellence for generations to come. The new teaching spaces offer a rational approach to modern teaching methods that provide students with the skills necessary for higher education and life long learning.


Phase II is to follow in Autumn 2016 and will provide a new permanent home for the school’s drama department along with a semi-professional theatre with retractable seating for a capacity of 300no. people.