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Date
1984
Region
UK
Sector
Retrofit Schools
Budget
£1m - £5m
Client
Hampshire County Council
Location
Fleet, Hampshire
Team
Willis & Thompson, S Jampel & Partners, Max Fordham LLP, HN Edwards & Partners
Press
Architects’ Journal (1988) Detail (1986) Architecture-Mouvement-Continuite (1985) Architects’ Journal (1985) Architectural Review (1985)

We were asked by Hampshire County Council to redesign Calthorpe Park School which had failed through poor detailing and lack of maintenance. 

Calthorpe Park School

Calthorpe Park was a SCOLA (Second Consortium of Local Authorities) standardised school originally built in 1968. It suffered from the habitual problems associated with a 1960s system of school building: overheating in summer, excessive sky glare throughout the year and substantial heat losses in winter. 

The low grade construction had resulted in a considerable amount of rot, especially at timber joints and at ground level. 

In some cases, the SCOLA schools were being replaced completely in a wasteful cycle of destruction and renewal. By contrast, we adopted a far more sustainable approach, taking a careful look at the building’s failings and preparing an imaginative rescue package.

We redesigned the building with the aim of improving the whole environment of the school; its water-proofing and durability, its look and substantially raising its standards of thermal insulation and solar control.

We devised a carefully composed system of protective over-roof and sunscreens supported by a new external skeleton of steel around the existing building.

Two new pavilions and formal planting began to transform the 60s object into a series of spaces defined by trees and buildings.

A similar system was adopted for the next Hampshire project, Crookham Junior School. The third building in this series was the Farnborough Grange School, which ended up as completely new-build as the existing school could not be saved.