Hopkins Architects announce extensive projects at four major UK schools
Planning was achieved in April for Hopkins’ new science building for Benenden school, one of the UK’s leading boarding schools. The building includes a lecture theatre and biology, chemistry, and physics on three separate floors linked by a three-storey entrance atrium. The design also proposes the refurbishment of the Leelands building opposite to create a new courtyard linking through to the adjacent Cloisters courtyard. The building is being designed to achieve BREEAM 'excellent'. The building will start on site this autumn 2010 and is due to be completed in the summer 2012.
Following on from Hopkins’ successful completion of The Sanger Centre for Science and Mathematics at Bryanston (2007) and subsequent Applied Arts building, the practice was appointed to create a music school to sit alongside the other arts buildings on this campus style site. Bryanston has a very strong musical tradition, and huge range of concerts, recitals and musical groups is available, with over 700 music lessons provided each week to the School's 670 pupils. The Music School will have a courtyard at its heart and will comprise of a 250- seat auditorium, recital and teaching spaces, practice rooms and a specialist modern music department.
Construction is due to be completed this autumn on the second phase of the redevelopment of the Henrietta Barnett School in the heart of historic Hampstead Garden Suburb. Following planning permission in 2008, a first phase saw the refurbishment of the existing listed Lutyens main school building to provide a three-floor suite of new science laboratories. This has been followed by two new buildings and the reconfiguration of the external spaces of the school to create a new coherent whole. The second phase provides facilities for art, DT, music, and drama, as well as a new café in the only new development of significant scale in the heart of the suburb since its inception.
Also in north London is South Hampstead High School, a highly performing secondary school for 700 girls set within a confined site and in a conservation area. Following a previously unsuccessful planning application in 2008 the school held a competition to find a new team to develop a masterplan for the school. Hopkins were appointed at the end of 2009 and are now working with the school and the Borough of Camden to create a high quality and sustainable vision for its future.