Sensitive refurbishment and extension of an existing dormitory building at Bishop's Stortford College.
Following a devastating fire in September 2015, Hawkins\Brown were asked by Bishop's Stortford College to prepare plans to refurbish and extend the existing building. The brief included accommodation for 66 pupils, three staff tutors and a private house for the Housemaster and Housemistress.
The existing building was built in the 1920’s in the arts and crafts style with overhanging eaves, deep roof space and tall feature chimneys. The challenge for the design team was to successfully achieve planning approval for the project within a sensitive residential setting at the edge of the college campus.
Sir Robert Pearce MP, whose name the building took when it was built in the 1920’s, introduced daylight saving time.
The big idea
Our proposal retains the outline of the original building and uses the geometry of the existing roof to create a modern extension within a secluded garden. The majority of new bedroom accommodation is located in the new extension, this allowed for an efficient reapportionment of overall space.
A covered cloister creates a sheltered welcoming entrance into a generous lobby. A garden cloister runs around two sides of the new courtyard, uniting the existing building and the new extension.
The existing building is reordered in a flexible way to include the larger social and study spaces, changing rooms and tutor accommodation. The feature social space which forms part of the collective memory of Robert Pearce House for staff and alumni is retained at the heart of the existing building, close to the new main entrance.