- Client: Albury CE Primary School, Hertfordshire
- Project: New hall
Albury School is a very small Church of England primary in the midst of rural Hertfordshire. It is adjacent to the beautiful 13th century church of St Mary the Virgin. The school had never had a hall on their site and this had always been problematic – our brief was to provide one.
We were told that the hall needed to allow for:
- Whole school assemblies and events with parents
- Dining – with kitchen and servery
- Sports activities – with equipment stores
- General teaching
In addition to these functional requirements it was clear that in this sensitive location it would be necessary to achieve a high aesthetic standard both to satisfy our client and to be awarded planning permission.
Our solution combined the traditional materials of brick, render, tiles and timber with a crisp modern detailing. The structure was based on laminated timber portal frames allowing the internal space to be clear to its full height and generous roof overhangs to protect the elevations and external doors.
We were conscious of the attractive grounds and landscape around the hall and designed windows to take full advantage. One particularly pleasing feature was the careful alignment of the hall with the adjacent church so that its tower and spire could be viewed from the main hall space through the tall gable windows.
The project was completed in 12 months and cost £443,000.