Lanterns children's centre
|Everest Community College|
If we consider post-war schools design then the work of Hampshire County Architects Department has been highly influential since the mid nineteen seventies. During this period they have completed many pioneering schemes for the authority as well as managing external practices to undertake both new build and refurbishment commissions. What is particularly interesting about this model is that their work has been underpinned by a continuous process of research that informs all projects. Under the leadership of Sir Colin Stansfield Smith the department has fostered strong links with academic instructions, including the Welsh School of Architecture, using this intelligence to directly inform the work that they produce and commission.
This approach allows them to be act as a truly “expert client”, defining a clear brief and then working with internal architectural teams or external practices to oversee it being successfully answered. Over the years they have worked with practices as diverse as Edward Cullinan Architects, Robert Adam and Michael Hopkins and Partners who have produced stylistically very different buildings but all underpinned by a clear understanding of what is needed to make successful school buildings. The focus across all projects is to achieve socially inclusive buildings that represent good value for money, minimise their environmental impact and costs in use while creating a well tempered environment for all users.
|Pinewood Infant school|