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Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School, Surrey

Fletcher Crane Architects' classroom block has a technical directness suited to its function, and a quiet theatricality that makes the workshop and its users appear like actors on a stage

Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School
Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School Credit: Nick Kane

Fletcher Crane Architects for Claremont Fan Court School Foundation

Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 1,600m²

This classroom block is on a Grade I listed estate. The route into the site follows a fall in the ground level, and the new building contrasts this with a strong horizontal roofline supported by a sober two-storey dark brick colonnade. Two floors of bright, well-equipped classrooms and laboratories are linked by top-lit broad passages, and a generous, double-height foyer space. The axial stair through the building may become a principal route into school as the masterplan develops, and the building’s upper level opens onto a terrace facing a workshop clad in expanded metal.

This building has a technical directness suited to its function, and a quiet theatricality in the way that its glazed wall makes the workshop and its machines and users appear almost like actors on a stage – a drama of making.

  • Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School
    Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School Credit: Nick Kane
  • Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School
    Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School Credit: Nick Kane
  • Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School
    Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School Credit: Nick Kane
  • Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School
    Sir Sydney Camm Science and Technology, Claremont Fan Court School Credit: Nick Kane
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