Design Engine are delighted to announce that their proposed Sixth Form Centre for Berkhamsted School, a leading independent school group based in Hertfordshire, has received full planning permission.
The scheme represents a key project emerging from Design Engine’s campus-wide masterplan, carefully developed with the school over the past three years.
The new state-of-the-art building will deliver modern academic and pastoral space for up to 425 students. A mixture of open-plan study commons and flexible teaching spaces are arranged across three floors.
Additionally, a social learning café opens out on to a new landscaped wildflower meadow quad.
The development also frees up similar spaces within the existing Senior School for new use.
The design references its historic context by reinterpreting the traditional brick-gabled vernacular as a facetted surface along the public-facing elevations.
This contrasts with the School-facing architecture, where a covered colonnade wraps around two sides of an intimate landscaped courtyard. This element enhances the well-being of occupants while contributing to the new facility’s environmental credentials.
Construction is anticipated to start in Autumn 2021, with targeted completion by 2023.