Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School

Designed to nestle into the surrounding landscape and respect nearby historic buildings, the Haberdashers’ project forms part of their Pre-Prep School development.

The project consolidates learning facilities, previously dispersed across two different sites, into a single pavilion adjoining the nearby playing fields.

The design includes adaptable spaces to encourage collaborative learning, supported by carefully considered structural design to achieve the required configurations for the school’s educational programme.

The pavilion features a crenulated roofline and sedum roof that will thicken over time. The building draws from a minimal material palette, making a particular feature of its use of cross-laminated timber (CLT).

Price & Myers’ civil engineering team worked alongside our structures group to design the water drainage and storage for the project. A Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) was incorporated to meet the Lead Local Flood Authority’s expectation for a significant reduction in surface-water run-off.

The site’s existing pond network was investigated and assessed to ensure there was sufficient capacity for the proposed building and associated water flows. In the case of larger storm events, the team had to determine the best way to store excess water to ensure the agreed flow rate wasn’t exceeded.

The specified SuDS was permeable paving, with surface water stored in the granular sub-base below. This removed the need for gullies and slot drains, allowing the permeable surface to convey water to the sub-base.

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School Pre-Prep building performs a dual role as both an exemplar of sustainable timber design that is also used as a teaching tool to educate students to the benefits of renewable resources and the challenges associated with climate change.

Project Information


Haberdashers' Aske's School for Boys


IID Architects




Andy Stagg


Building Award, Small Project of the Year (up to £5M), Shortlisted 2023