New art and design block takes shape at Bedales School

  • Bedales School

  • Bedales School

  • Bedales School

  • Credit: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

    Credit: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

A new £3.7 million art and design building is taking shape at Bedales School near Petersfield in Hampshire.

We are working with the 750-pupil, co-educational boarding and day school and architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) to deliver the design and build scheme which will house a wide range of art and design classes including painting, fashion and industrial design.

The new art and design facility is being built on the site of the school’s former maintenance department and workshop.  The new building’s steel frame structure is currently being erected and when complete, the 1,642 sq m two-storey complex will be predominately covered in sustainable oak and larch timber cladding with a zinc roof.

“It is important to us that this new building provides students and staff with the best and most inspirational learning environment possible,” says Trevor Smallpiece, Beard contracts manager.  “Our aim is to create a high performance building that will reflect and enhance the high quality of teaching and learning at Bedales School. It is a pleasure to be working together with the school and FCBS to bring this scheme to fruition and we look forward to seeing this excellent new building take shape over the coming months.”

The completion of the new building – scheduled for March next year – will see the school’s art and design classes move out of the dated temporary buildings where they are currently being taught and into the purpose-built new creative hub. Staff, students, parents and alumni at Bedales School have been working together to organise fundraising events to help with the cost of the project, arranging activities including an online art auction and a student rock show which, in addition to donations, have so far raised a total of £900,000.

Keith Budge, headmaster at Bedales School says: “The many students and others who have been involved in the building’s design are excited to see it taking shape and the project has provided the perfect opportunity for them to learn about architectural design and construction. 2016 will be a significant milestone for Bedales art and design with the opening of this wonderful new facility.”

Image 1: Artist’s impression of Bedales new art and design building (credit Forbes Massie)

Image 2: Artist’s impression of the school’s art room (credit Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios)

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