Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
Warwick Independent Schools Foundation

Warwick Independent Schools Foundation

King’s High School is an independent girls’ school and forms part of the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation. The school plans to move from its current Warwick town centre site and relocate to the campus where Warwick School and Warwick Preparatory School are already based, consolidating the Foundation’s estate and providing an opportunity for improved facilities for all the schools.

The ‘One Campus’ designs developed with Arup are far-reaching and involve a re-configuration of the whole campus to become a greener, safer and altogether more attractive environment. Proposed buildings will include a new main building for King’s High School, a new music building, additional facilities for sports, art and design technology and a new sixth-form centre, which will be shared with Warwick School.

The project will be phased, with completion planned in 2020.

This is extremely exciting news for our schools and our Foundation and we look forward, in the coming years, to the creation of a distinctive and very special community on a single and outstanding campus.
Simon Jones, Foundation Secretary

Masterplan

The masterplan provided a unique opportunity to test how the new accommodation for King’s High School could be delivered to best effect and how the existing resources could be shared more efficiently.

Various options for the site were used to explore the design, massing and placement of new buildings to create both a coherent physical arrangement and academic arrangement of departments. It was particularly important to consider how, on an already densely occupied site, the additional growth could be managed whilst achieving a sense of order and coherence.

The masterplan establishes a strategic framework that gives the Foundation confidence to plan the next chapter of its history and sets out a road map for phased development across the campus.

King's High School

The new King’s High School consists of a series of separate and smaller, more intimate linked buildings that reduce the overall impact on the site. The massing creates a rich and diverse series of buildings, with a variety of roof forms, unified by their materials and sense of order, which sit comfortably both within the context of the existing school buildings and the wider historic context. The visual impact on the approach to Warwick and the use of a simple palette of materials, sympathetic to the existing context, were key criteria for developing the scheme.

Sensitive Site

The Myton Road Campus is sits on the boundary of Warwick Castle Park, a Grade 1 Registered Park and Garden. The Grade 1 listed Castle itself stands to the north-west of the site. In addition, there are a number of Grade 2 listed buildings within the vicinity of the site. Developing options for the site therefore required early consultation with Warwick District Council, Historic England and the Conservation Advisory Forum to identify the constraints and opportunities for the site.

Our Team

Project Team

  • Client: Warwick Independent Schools Foundation
  • Project Management: Arup
  • Cost Planning: Arup
  • Structural Engineer: Arup
  • Services Engineer: Arup
  • Landscape Architect: Fira
  • Sustainability Consultant: Arup
  • Acoustician: Arup
  • Fire Engineer: Arup
  • Contractor: Speller Metcalfe

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