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Urban Projects Bureau

Urban Projects Bureau

London, England

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Urban Projects Bureau - Graveney School Sixth Form Block

Urban Projects Bureau

The design and construction of a new-build Sixth Form Study Block for Graveney School, following the awarding of an Academies Capital Maintenance Fund. The building provides valuable extra teaching, study and events spaces for sixth form students, and makes a positive contribution to Graveney’s campus and host of fine architectural buildings.

The corner windows creates a visual link with neighbouring buildings

The corner windows creates a visual link with neighbouring buildings 



Light enters through the polycarbonate paneling, increasing the brightness of the classroom

Light enters through the polycarbonate paneling, increasing the brightness of the classroom 



Graveney School Sixth Form Block

Graveney School Sixth Form Block 



The glulam beam structure is visible through translucent fašade

The glulam beam structure is visible through translucent fašade 



The mezzanine workspace offers views across the school?s campus

The mezzanine workspace offers views across the school?s campus 



The double-height entrance space

The double-height entrance space 



Informal bench seating runs along the length of the building

Informal bench seating runs along the length of the building 



Stairways act as communal gathering spaces for students

Stairways act as communal gathering spaces for students 



The rules of the funding meant that the building had to be delivered on tight schedule and budget, with a target cost per sqm way below the current guidelines. The school considered buying an off-the-peg, prefabricated block, but were unconvinced about the quality of accommodation it would provide. Also, being situated behind the Grade 2 listed Furzedown House, meant that generic prefabricated buildings would be difficult to get through planning.

The 800sqm building includes 8 classrooms and a double-height independent study space with balconies and gallery. It is constructed from Cross Laminated Timber and has a polycarbonate front facade with window openings designed to frame views across the campus and surrounding trees. The building creates an inspiring and stimulating environment for sixth form students to study and socialize in. With little budget for expensive materials or interior finishes, the tectonics and construction of the building - its CLT frame, panels, cladding and openings – are what shapes the building and gives it a strong, robust and contemporary identity.

Innovative, sustainable and economical, the building intends to set a template for new school buildings, achieving maximum architectural output using minimal means.