An £8M project to completely redevelop the heart of this independent girls’ school in Guildford.

The school is situated on a tight urban site with planning constraints which required a clever design solution. The most significant needs were identified as dining provision, classrooms, circulation, examination space and staff work areas. In addition, the school sought to rationalise the air heating and cooling systems and reduce the school’s carbon footprint.

Works included the creation of a central atrium which acts as a dining area for pupils and can also be used as an assembly space as required. In addition, the existing assembly hall was refurbished to provide a mezzanine, plus the replacement of existing M&E services. The building also includes a full catering kitchen with a dining hall facility.

The project had to be undertaken while the remainder of the site was in use, which required careful planning and phasing. The first phase was completed with the expansion of 5th/6th form common rooms and a new Mezzanine Gallery to the Assembly Hall. The second and third phases with the completion of the new dining hall, library, classrooms, and offices.

The project was assessed as BREEAM Very Good and a wood chip biomass boiler energy centre was installed to contribute to the school’s vision of reducing their carbon footprint.

BREEAM Very Good

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