Architects have received planning consent on behalf of Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham, to demolish part of their grade II* listed buildings. The old kitchen will be replaced with a contemporary scheme, creating a more flexible catering facility for the production of over 800,000 meals per year, as well as classrooms and a much improved face to the Northern façade, which now forms the main approach to the school.
NRAP architects, appointed in July 2016 following a competitive interview, are delighted with the news. Director Richards Owers said: “It is no small achievement to be given permission to demolish a large part of a Grade II* Listed building; made possible not only by the quality of the design, but also by the vision and leadership provided by the School.”
The facility will replace the original grade II* listed Aston Webb-designed building, which had been much altered, but which Conservation Officers had previously sought to preserve. NRAP’s designs received support from Historic England who said: “The design is articulated in a contemporary way that would provide a fitting first impression of this important school complex. The proposal includes public realm improvements around the new building, which represents a substantial improvement on the current situation.”
Construction is due to start on site early next year.
For more information, please contact Director Richard Owers on 01223 464 455