Haileybury School will be getting a new science and technology building on its Hertfordshire campus.
The building will offer experimental teaching and interactive spaces, a research block, and a Stan-X laboratory run in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Stanford University.
Hopkins Architects will design the building, which aims to promote better connectivity and communication between STEM subjects at the school.
Hopkins Architects’ plans will open up the rear of the 1930s science building, and construct new biology and computational laboratories through an extension, linking the building to the neighbouring Baker Building. The construction will have plenty of windows and a butterfly roof-light, enhancing natural light and views of the school site.
Our vision integrates existing buildings and new accommodation around a courtyard bringing the disciplines together both symbolically and physically – Mike Taylor, Hopkins Architects
Sustainability has been a focus in the building’s design, illustrated through the use of cross-laminated timber, ground source heat pumps and natural ventilation. The design involves green roofs and a swale, improving ecological habitats and mitigating stormwater run-off.
The building will be accessible to the school’s partner secondary school, Haileybury Turnford, which sponsors programmes for local prep and secondary schools to use Haileybury’s facilities.
“Our vision integrates existing buildings and new accommodation around a courtyard, bringing the disciplines together both symbolically and physically. The new cloister will become an active social hub for the science and technology disciplines,” said Hopkins principal, Mike Taylor.
“The combination of activities and the interaction between them points to how science and technology could be taught in schools in the future,” he continued.
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