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Saturday19 August 2017

Cranleigh Prep a catch for Tate Harmer

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Teaching block will double as cricket pavilion

Tate Harmer has been appointed to design a teaching building that doubles as a cricket pavilion at Cranleigh Prep School in Surrey.

The school is the junior wing of the public school attended by ex-Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, historian Andrew Roberts and actor and writer Patrick Marber.

Tate Harmer, which was appointed by specialist design and build consultancy Blue Forest, suggested a new layout for the school, turning the school garden into a “green” front door.

The new building will be timber on a brick base with large windows and beneath an undulating vaulted roof and with a double-height void at the entrance giving views over the cricket pitch.

It will have no corridors, with direct access to the outside for every classroom, saving on construction costs and allowing for natural ventilation and daylight.

The ground floor will contain science and technology classrooms while home economics will be on the upper floors.

Jerry Tate, partner at Tate Harmer, said: “Working on Passivhaus homes and buildings such as the Eden Project has given us an extensive knowledge of carefully inserting structures into some of the most sensitive natural settings.

“We wanted this building to respond to the surrounding landscape and bring the students into closer contact with it.

“This new building on the school masterplan will improve learning and set the tone for the future development of Cranleigh.”

 

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