Ben Hansen

Ben Hansen

Galway, IE


Grey Court Secondary School

This secondary school sits on a beautiful and extensive green site near to Ham House, and includes Newman House, which is Grade II listed. The school’s brief was to review existing accommodation against Building Bulletin 98 regulations and to prepare masterplanning options for the long-term development of the school.

In particular the school wanted to provide increased accommodation for AEN pupils; to increase DT provision in order to enable them to deliver the new Engineering Diploma; and to extend the existing library to create a learning resource centre. 

We responded to the brief by creating a visual link between Cardinal Newman’s House, which is currently used for AEN, and the main body of the school. This link takes the form of a raised stone plinth with two glazed pavilions with green roofs at either end: one forms an extension to Cardinal Newman House and the other an extension to the existing DT provision. These two pavilions frame the view beyond for visitors entering the school grounds. We have also extended the existing learning resource centre with space for computer terminals and a café leading onto a terrace overlooking the school playing fields. All these spaces are designed to be available for community use out of school hours.

Client London Borough of Richmond upon Thames
Value £1.4m
Dates January 2011 - August 2011

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Status: Under Construction
Location: London, GB