A very well-considered addition to a forgotten corner
South East Regional Award 2019
Design Engine Architects for Charterhouse School
Contract value: £6.1m
Cost per m²: £3,389
Designed over many years with a changing client structure, this is a very well-considered addition to a forgotten corner of the campus of a large independent school. The centre’s entrance face forms a new quad with existing buildings, echoing the school’s collegiate character. Laboratories are generous and cleverly achieve wet and dry teaching within a single space. Labs on the upper floor open into the geometry of the roof, particularly complex around the characterful chimneys that vent fume cupboards. This project demonstrates a patient, dedicated approach by the architect, supported by the governing body. It is a rich, satisfying response to a complex, difficult brief.