Perse Upper School Cambridge, UK
To implement the Perse School’s expansion programme, Sheppard Robson designed a new teaching block as part of a phased development strategy, comprising subject-based classrooms, a library and ICT suite.
The efficient plan of the three-storey block locates the library and ICT suite at ground level and the classrooms at the upper levels. A central corridor accommodates lockers in recesses between ‘chimneys’ that facilitate the natural ventilation system. Elevations provide a clear illustration of the internal arrangement of the building and respect the adjacent existing school hall.
A rendered plinth, punctured with high-level glazing at ground floor, steps back on the west elevation to create a covered walkway, providing shelter to entrance doors and future planned buildings to the south of the site. At upper levels a black zinc volume, incorporating solar-controlled glazing and acoustically attenuated louvres for natural ventilation, provides a modular elevation with a strong vertical emphasis in keeping with the main hall. The low pitched metal roof has a continuous high level spine incorporating ventilation grilles to provide natural extract.
- The Perse School
- 4,200 m2