New London Architecture

New London Awards 2021 Winner - Ibstock Place School

Winner in the LEARNING category

Designed to provide a warm and welcoming dining experience for pupils aged four to 18, large open spaces are paired with carefully scaled annexes for smaller groups and a 'secret' sixth form study. A cloister running the full length of the building opens to an established orchard and offers a connection back to the original manor house in which the school was established. Timber linings, natural light and garden views complete a calm, contemplative space.

We enjoy building with wood for its low carbon impact; visual warmth; the quality and programming benefits that prefabrication of timber components affords; and because it aligns with our pursuit of long-lasting quality through durable materials and careful detailing. Our entry draws on research and collaboration to harness the potential of timber for excellence across a building’s many facets: its use as main material for structure and finishes, supported by passive measures such as lanterns for stack ventilation and daylight, and a colonnade for shading/cooling, and on-site renewables grant

International Jury Quote

Great to see architecture for this kind of school doesn’t have to look like Harry Potter. There’s a contemporary quality too.
Andreas Ruby

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Team Credits

Quantity Surveyor

Structural Engineer

Services Engineer
Planning Consultant
NTR Planning

Approved Inspector
Butler and Young

breeam Assessor
Ingleton Wood

Arboricultural and Ecology Consultant
Wharton Natural Infrastructure Consultants

conservation Architect
Robert Loader Architect

Landscape Architect
Wynne Williams Associates

Catering Consultant
ABDA Design

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