Christ’s Hospital School, in Horsham, is an independent school that moved to the site in the 1890s following the construction of a purpose made campus designed by Aston Webb. The buildings are Grade II* Listed
We were appointed following a competitive interview and within nine months received planning permission for the development of a 20,000 ft2 facility in place the original grade II* listed kitchen block.
Our design for Christ’s Hospital School provides state-of the-art teaching and catering facilities, as well as an improved public realm integrated seamlessly into the existing complex of listed buildings. The building is centred on two significant new external spaces; one an entrance court, the other a more private place serving the surrounding buildings.
Proposals involved replacing a large grade II* listed building, as well as major changes to the existing infrastructure, services and landscaping. The proportion, scale, mass and orientation of the building and public spaces were carefully considered to ensure not only the delivery of an excellent public realm, but also the seamless integration of new facilities into the existing campus, phased to ensure all facilities are maintained during construction.
In August 2021 the project was recognised by Sussex Heritage Awards with an award in the Public and Community category.
In February 2023 it was also shortlisted by RIBA South East for an RIBA Regional Award.
“The replacement of the old kitchen with state-of-the-art catering and teaching facilities has resulted in the achievement of a beautiful modern building that, in form and materials, in harmony with it’s historic surroundings.”
Sussex Heritage Awards Judging Team