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.