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English & Drama Building

Loughborough, UK

1995 Charnwood Design Award Winner

The site looks onto the school Quad and consists of a unique collection of buildings, some listed and in a Conservation Area. We were given an exciting opportunity to develop a new faculty building comprising five classrooms, two seminar rooms, staff room, toilets and fully equipped drama studio with seating for 200.

The design challenge was to create a building that would fit into the sensitive surroundings but have its own character. This was achieved through careful planning, massing, detailing and choice of materials, introducing new forms where appropriate.

The contract included the fast-track restoration of the adjoining listed building, destroyed by fire at the start of the new build.

Although we were working within tight budget and time constraints, the project was successfully completed and the new building was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1996.

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