Five shortlisted teams have been invited to progress to the second stage of a private design competition, organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants for Marlborough College.
The College, which was recently named Public School of the Year by Tatler Magazine, plans to expand and develop its Grade II listed Science building, renovating the original 1934 Newton Building in the process.
Dr Garry Doyle, Head of Science at Marlborough College, said, ‘In every respect, Marlborough Science aims to be a centre for excellence in Science education in the UK, and beyond.
The provision of genuinely first class, bespoke, forward thinking and thoughtfully designed facilities is absolutely central to the achievement of this vision.’
Malcolm Reading, competition organiser, said, ‘This is a terrific project for an inspired and enthusiastic client. The current Science Block has a fascinating heritage but needs a new life to accommodate new teaching methods. The competition is all about finding a balance between the architectural grain of the existing eclectic campus and a confident and exciting piece of contemporary architecture’
A cornerstone project for the school, this initiative is intended to complement the College’s dynamic approach to science learning, moving away from traditional distinctions between Biology, Chemistry and Physics and adopting an international multidisciplinary and inter- disciplinary policy.
Fourteen leading practices were invited to submit an Expression of Interest at the competition’s first stage, from which a shortlist of five was chosen. The shortlisted teams are (in alphabetical order):
- Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
- Nicholas Hare Architects
- Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
- Tim Ronalds Architects
These teams will now go on to produce detailed concept designs, and from these a winner will be selected in early December. The project value stands at £10 M, and its completion is anticipated by Summer 2017.
Marlborough College is a member of the G20 Schools Group, an informal association of secondary schools with a commitment to excellence and innovation. The College opened a sister school in southern Malaysia in late 2012.
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