St Helen’s College

St Helen's College

The brief from College Governing  Body was to redevelop, extend and remodel the 17,500sqm town centre campus over 2 phases.  The scheme incorporates accommodation for vocational subjects, supported by crèche facilities, active learning areas, general teaching rooms, student services, retail, refectory, bistro/café, bar and gymnasium.

The concept required a seamless interaction between the existing college’s Smith Kline Beecham buildings and new Brook Street proposals whilst respecting their individual identities.

Visual linkages between these buildings have been enhanced by ensuring a single uniformed architectural language is adopted, employing a simple palette of materials.

The new building was required to be a major landmark, act as a magnet for student recruitment and retention and to engage with the local and wider community.

Sustainability was a high priority for the client and the campus achieved a BREEAM excellent rating.

Ellis Williams designed a beautiful building which speaks to this community of value and aspiration……This building lifts my heart and in these difficult times I do not say that lightly.”

Dame Pat Bacon- Ex-Principal, St Helen’s College