Client Balfour Beatty
Location West Sussex, UK
Status In planning
Durand Academy Upper School, a free state secondary boarding school for 375 students, will be the first of its kind in the UK, and will create all through education for Durand Academy students who begin their education on the school’s existing South London site.
The new Durand Academy Upper School will be located in the grounds of a Norman Shaw-designed house in West Sussex, previously a residential special school. The design proposals – the result of a close collaboration between Balfour Beatty, Jestico + Whiles, landscape architect Fabrik and engineers Ramboll - are a series of sympathetically designed modern buildings arranged in a parkland setting, which seeks to preserve and enhance the setting of the original house.
The design strategy has been to develop an architectural hierarchy for the new buildings appropriate and sympathetic to their context. This hierarchy extends from their siting and location, through to their materiality and detailing.
A number of existing features on the 19 acre site will be restored and actively used within the scheme. A walled garden, for example, will be returned to cultivation and will be the site of a dining pavilion while residential boarding houses sit within a wooded pasture.