Construction of a new two storey 2,200m2 Sixth Form, Design and Health Centre building located on the site of the existing single storey Art, DT, Textiles and Health Centre building. The form and massing of the new building is designed to be in keeping with the adjacent educational buildings of the school campus, whilst respecting the setting of the adjacent Conservation Area and the mature trees along the existing southern boundary. The building footprint has been influenced by the desire to retain and protect the trees, and ensure no construction within their Root Protection Areas. The existing emergency vehicular access route to the north will be retained and maintained throughout the construction and operational phases of development. A perforated organic pattern on a semi reflective stainless-steel finish is proposed, which will allow the building to blend into its stunning surroundings and reflect the extensive trees and greenery.
The new building and remodelled external setting will provide the school with state of the art, generous, flexible, dynamic, adaptable and inspirational spaces, which can be used for teaching, exhibitions, performances, events etc with the Sixth Form Social and Lecture Space at ground floor providing the potential for third party and community use. Designed to be flexible to accommodate future changes in the curriculum. The new facilities seek to promote educational excellence, architecture and spaces of the highest quality, a building that performs well and reflects the vision and aspirations of the School and GDST.