Durand Academy Upper School, Sussex

Durand Academy, West Sussex Education Building, St Cuthmans special school

Durand Academy Upper School : Sussex Education Building

Durand Academy Development design by Jestico + Whiles, England, UK

25 Jun 2012

Durand Academy Upper School

Location: West Sussex, southeast England

Design: Jestico + Whiles

Jestico + Whiles to Design Durand Academy

A team led by Balfour Beatty, with Jestico + Whiles as architect, has won a design competition for the new Durand Academy Upper School. The project, a state secondary boarding school for 600 students, will create all through education at Durand Academy for students who begin their education on the school’s existing South London site.

Durand Academy Upper School Sussex UK
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The new Durand Academy Upper School will be located in the grounds of a Norman Shaw-designed house in West Sussex, previously St Cuthman’s special school. The winning design proposals – the result of a close collaboration between Balfour Beatty, Jestico + Whiles, landscape architect Fabrik and engineers Ramboll – are a series of timber-clad pavilions arranged in a parkland setting, which seek to preserve and enhance the setting of the original house.

A number of existing features on the 19 acre site will be restored and actively used within the scheme. The walled garden, for example, will be returned to cultivation and will be the site of the dining pavilion while residential boarding houses sit within an orchard.

Durand Academy Upper School, Sussex education building
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Speaking on behalf of Durand Academy, Executive Head Greg Martin said: “For every child looking forward to stepping through these school gates, it was vital that we got the right team on board for this project. Our decision to appoint the Balfour Beatty led team was primarily due to the fantastic design that Jestico + Whiles and Fabrik have produced, which not only matches our education vision but is also wholly sympathetic to the site. Now the competition is over we are very much looking forward to being able to share and develop these ideas with the local community, to produce exceptional facilities everyone can be proud of.”

Ben Marston, Jestico + Whiles’ associate director leading the project added: “This is our first boarding school project and so presents us with a range of new challenges. It’s immensely exciting to be working on a scheme that has ambitions to become a benchmark for a new educational model in this country and the design solution has an important role to play in achieving this.”

The Upper School aims to be operational in September 2014.

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