Impressively ambitious scheme that is thoughtful and bold
Walters & Cohen Architects for London Borough of Camden
Contract value: Undisclosed
RIBA London Sustainability Award
Regent High School is an impressively ambitious scheme that is thoughtful and bold. This was a late Building Schools for the Future project for the non-selective, co-educational comprehensive secondary school for 1300 pupils.
Selective demolition and retention of existing buildings creates a landscaped court at the centre of the site, wrapped by circulation and social space. On the entrance side a dramatic multi-level arcade connects the original Victorian school buildings and new insertions; these spaces are dramatic yet inviting and friendly. A simple elegant concept works around the existing buildings to provide a rich variety of spaces of different character.
Detailing is simple and cost-effective but is delightfully thoughtful. Coded colour on the inner facade makes reference to music by Beethoven to engage pupils. It is clear that a successful relationship with the client and a shared vision have created a school with the potential to inspire pupils.