The Practice was originally appointed to design a new science building as phase 1 of a rolling programme of works for Havant College. Initial scheme designs were undertaken, but the project stalled, only to be resurrected as a School of Business.
The brief was for traditional teaching spaces, but with the potential for the building to be extended both horizontally and vertically in the future. The design permits an increase in height up to three storeys.
The building has a simple plan form of three classrooms on each side of a central spine corridor, with staff rooms, toilets and stores adjacent the main entrance. The future lift and stairs will be located adjacent the entrance, and additional toilet provision would be stacked above the existing.
The materials represent each main elevation of the building. The south is clad in brick and has a large overhanging soffit to minimise solar gain and glare. The north is clad in render to create a light and airy facade as it faces onto a new courtyard shared with the Lonsdale Building. There is also the potential to roof over this courtyard to create a year-round social space or external teaching facility.
The building achieved a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM rating.
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