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Architects named for Gatwick project

Hunters South Architects have been commissioned to design the new Gatwick Free School as part of the Willmott Dixon team

Posted by Dave Higgitt | May 22, 2015 | Facilities & buildings

The Gatwick Free School project involves the conversion of an existing two-storey office campus into an all-through school for a total of 1,020 pupils, plus the addition of a new four-court sports hall.

The Crawley Free School Trust’s design ethos was for the building to express a “business and enterprise” appearance. Therefore the existing buildings have been provided with a new replacement composite panel walling and a ribbon window approach so as to provide the appropriate aesthetic. A new main entrance block between the two former office buildings is provided with a feature screen to give a focal point for the new school and community visitors. The former main office car park is converted into external play facilities for the school and the new and existing buildings are connected by a tensile fabric structure, which also provides an outdoor dining area.

The project is due on site mid-2015 with a further intake in pupils due in September 2015.

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