28 January 2021

New Case Study: Hurstpierpoint College

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Hurstpierpoint College, a co-educational day and boarding school in West Sussex, has a long tradition of theatre performance; its Shakespeare Society has performed a Shakespeare play every year since 1854. It is a tradition celebrated in the new performing arts centre designed by Burrell Foley Fischer.


The theatre accommodates a variety of formats to suit drama, dance, music theatre and musical performances as well as school assemblies. It is also a highly sustainable, low carbon building, achieved by the use of a timber structure and cladding together with a natural cooling and ventilation strategy.


The college caters for pupils from 4 to 18 years and its 140-acre campus lies in beautiful countryside close to the South Downs National Park in West Sussex.


The original Victorian Gothic quadrangle and chapel have been surrounded by later buildings and the performing arts centre is the first stage of a new masterplan which will co-ordinate them into a collegiate framework.


It stands at the centre of the campus, the auditorium distinguished by its zinc-clad pitched roof capped with four roof ventilation chimneys and flanked by lower single-storey spaces containing dressing rooms, toilets, workshops and offices. The facades are clad with crisply detailed western red cedar boards.


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