Established in 1959 to celebrate outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment, the Civic Trust Awards scheme ‘recognises the very best in architecture, urban design, planning, landscape, public realm and public art’.
The creation of a courtyard space, entered via a colonnade, gives a real heart to the site. The choice of materials, a mixture of pale brick, sandstone and smooth concrete mixed with bronze coloured windows, break up a large facade. The palette and detailing give a real feeling of quality and ageless design, creating a robust legacy for future generations at the school and a more appropriate response to the neighbouring conservation area and riverside site. The building provides a new main entrance that forms the new point of access to the site and its facilities for community use.
The building was shortlisted for a RIBA award and won a 2015 RIBA London Award. RIBA Regional Awards are given to buildings across the UK recognised as important contributions to architecture.
Ken Zetie, Head of Science at St Paul’s School said: “It has been a real pleasure to see how the school community – boys, staff, parents and governors – have responded to the new science building. We have felt privileged to have been provided with such an amazing facility and it is a great testament to the architects that their vision is both so inspiring to work in and to look at.”