Pitman Tozer Architects

Pitman Tozer Architects

London, GB


Sixth Form Centre, St Leonards-Mayfield School, East Sussex

Pitman Tozer Architects has converted a boarding house into a new Sixth Form
Centre for St Leonards-Mayfield School in East Sussex.

The former dormitory accommodation in the Grade 1 Listed building has been
reconfigured and refurbished into a state-of-the-art modern working space whilst
being sensitive to the historic fabric of the school.

Pitman Tozer Architectsʼ design clarifies circulation through what had been a
former conventʼs maze of corridors with small, low ceilinged dark rooms; opening up the interiors to create bright classrooms and introducing a freestanding contemporary stair. A new entrance space reveals and showcases previously hidden stained glass windows to the neighbouring cloister, creating a new focal point where traditional stonework melds seamlessly into a contemporary space, reinvigorating the historically important building.

New classrooms and lecture rooms have been designed with sophisticated IT
provision, and all students now have their own dedicated study spaces that are
light and airy. Well-designed versatile social areas foster a greater sense of
community, allowing students to mix and socialise in comfort and with impressive views of the Sussex countryside.

Antonia Beary, Headmistress, commented:
“The Sixth Form Centre transformation perfectly reflects the ethos of the school:
a modern and forward-thinking environment based on traditional values - and our girls and staff love it.”


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Status: Built
Location: Mayfield, East Sussex
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Building Contractor: Farnrise Construction Ltd
Structural Engineer: Sinclair Johnston & Partners
Services Engineer: Pearce & Associates
Quantity Surveyor: Anthony J. Silver & Associates
Photography: © Dirk Linder