Lower School Village, ACS International School \

Buildings for learning around courtyards

The School’s aspirations for reconfiguring and enhancing their Lower School teaching accommodation requires a sensitive approach to complement and enhance the Green Belt setting.

The proposed development amalgamates the school’s Early Childhood classes (ages 2-6) with the Lower School (ages 6-10) to create a New Lower School Village within ACS International School in Cobham, Surrey. A combination of refurbishment of existing buildings and new-build interventions are incorporated. As the campus is situated in a conservation area and the Green Belt, these proposals are sympathetic to its surroundings whilst providing innovative, high-quality teaching facilities.

The project is part of the ACS International School’s masterplan strategy that seeks to rationalise the existing school campus and enhance the delivery of education. The site of the current Early Childhood Village is made up of a collection of existing buildings of eclectic character. The proposal will maintain and enhance the openness of views across the campus and improve the children’s access to the surrounding landscape for external play and learning.

The project will provide an arrangement of buildings that facilitate a journey of learning, from Early Childhood, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten up to Grade 4, centred around a sequence of courtyards. There is a consistent design approach between the refurbishment of existing buildings and the new facilities, creating a coherent identify and inspiring environment for the New Lower School Village.

Project Summary

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Eckersley O'Callaghan
M&E Engineer:
QODA Consulting
Landscape Architect:
BD Landscape Architects
Planning Consultant:
Cost Consultant:
Rider Levett Bucknall
Project Manager:
Robinson Low Francis

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