schools and education
The Farnham Society Amenity Award 2001
RFAC/Sky Building of the Year Award 2001: Category Winner, Education
The Timber Industry Awards 2001 - The Timber Frame Building Design Award - Winner
Waverly Design Awards 2001
Civic Trust Award 2003
shortlisted - riba award for architecture 2001
The performing arts centre is a new theatre built for both teaching and public performances, including dance, drama and music. The auditorium, with a seating capacity of 340, is modelled on double cube proportions, creating a very adaptable space rising in three tiers to an exposed, trussed rafter roof. Staging can be arranged in a variety of layouts to suit the performance: From an open-end stage to a proscenium frame, and from a thrust stage to a theatre-in-the-round. The seating can be electronically retracted to the rear wall to give a level floor surface throughout. Each of the staging configurations can be set up by three people in about 45 minutes. The building is located within the grounds of an Edwardian mansion, which accommodates the main part of the school, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It rests calmly behind a screen of mature oak trees, through which the lively foyer areas can be seen from the direction of approach.