Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent

A great cathedral of a space, full of life and light

Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent.
Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent. Credit: Hélène Binet

South East Regional Award 2019

Tim Ronalds Architects for Sevenoaks School Foundation  
Contract value: £23m
GIA: 7,200m²
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

  • Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent.
    Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent. Credit: Hélène Binet
  • Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent.
    Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent. Credit: Hélène Binet
  • Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent.
    Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent. Credit: Hélène Binet
  • Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent.
    Sevenoaks School Science & Technology Centre and Global Study Centre, Kent. Credit: Hélène Binet
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