A great cathedral of a space, full of life and light
South East Regional Award 2019
Tim Ronalds Architects for Sevenoaks School Foundation
Contract value: £23m
Cost per m2: £3,080
The two buildings that make up the school’s new science and study centres form the eastern and northern edges of a new courtyard playground. Both of the two wings of the new building are articulated in well-detailed brick, with one block demonstrating the notion of science building as factory through its expressed saw tooth roof. The main block encloses a central atrium space, three storeys in height, with classrooms around it separated by display vitrines. This has become the focus of a previously disparate department and is a great cathedral of a space, full of life and light. Throughout the project finishes are stripped back to reveal the main materials of construction: precast concrete, steel and laminated timber – all beautifully detailed, constructed and finished.
Regional Client of the Year