Shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival

13 November 2017

Channing School, one of our projects in Highgate has been shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival in the School- Completed Buildings category. The 1645 sq m project provides new sports facilities and sixth form accommodation in modern brick-built buildings that overlook north London from the school’s campus at the top of Highgate Hill.

The designs for the leading independent day school adds three new buildings to the school’sestate, improving the sports, performing arts and sixth form facilities whilst remaining sensitive to, and building upon, its rich architectural and educational heritage.

BuckleyGrayYeoman’s scheme positions the new buildings nearby the existing school and uses their orientation to define a new ‘village green’ that forms the heart of the school, with landscaped amphitheatre seating, play spaces and covered walkways to connect the school’s departments.

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. The new sports hall at Channing School now provides first class teaching facilities, adding to the schools diversity in physical education.

Sixth form accommodation has been created in the upper floors of the third pitched volume, a difference in use that is expressed in the plan of the buildings by setting back the eastern wall of this volume in relation to the wall of the sports hall. The new sixth form centre provides a new dedicated IT suite alongside a range of teaching spaces that create the opportunity for university-style seminar teaching sessions, all naturally ventilated and with views onto the schools green landscaping.