This new senior school building is for Crosfields School, a co-educational independent day school in Reading. Our proposal, chosen through an invited competition, makes the most of the site’s hilltop position as well as reflecting the forward-thinking and inclusive ethos of the school.
The existing school is made up of single and double storey buildings set around courtyards and green spaces, with a pleasant, campus-like feel. Our new building continues this, carefully weaving between the existing mature trees across the site and creating a new senior school courtyard with views across the town.
To allow the school to continue to operate during construction, a phased approach is being taken with the first phase including a new front entrance, nine new classrooms, staff area, library, flexible performance space and a café that spills out into the courtyard. Warm timber finishes (using CLT construction) and carefully framed views will make it feel comfortable and welcoming.
|Client – Crosfields School|
|Structural Engineer – Perega|
|M&E – CBG Consulting|
|Contractor – Beard Construction (Main Contractor), Hope and Clay Construction (Enabling Works)|
|Project Manager – Madlins|
|CLT Supplier – KLH|
|CLT Engineer – Engenuiti|
|Status – Completed October 2021|
|Gross internal floor area – 1,741sqm|
|Photography: Tim Crocker|