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Regent High School, Somers Town

Impressively ambitious scheme that is thoughtful and bold

Credit: Dennis Gilbert

Walters & Cohen Architects for London Borough of Camden

Contract value: Undisclosed

GIA: 14,606m²

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.

  • Credit: Dennis Gilbert
  • Credit: Dennis Gilbert
  • Credit: Dennis Gilbert
  • Credit: Dennis Gilbert

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.

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