The Harding Communication Centre

RIBA Regional Awards 2014: South

The Harding Communication Centre, Pangbourne, Reading
The Harding Communication Centre, Pangbourne, Reading · Credit: Kris Eley

The Harding Communication Centre, Pangbourne, Reading
Mitchell Taylor Workshop for Pangbourne College
Contract £1.5m. GIA 785m2

An aluminium performance box and timber-clad classrooms for music and ICT make this an apparently simple new building. The first that visitors see on entering the school, its distinctive modern  image has an important message. But that also disguises a more nuanced section that uses its footprint tightly. Bespoke baffles were among the architect’s inexpensive and ingenious solutions. The effect is of a playful and highly designed space for the school.