Arts Centre, Lady Eleanor Holles School, Hampton

A new visual and performing arts building for the Lady Eleanor Holles School, an independent girls’ school in Hampton. The school offers an extensive arts and music programme to a very high standard and needed to replace facilities that were nearing the end of their life. We were appointed to provide both structural and civil consultancy services. The project involved a large extension to provide new facilities for art, music and performance. The specialised music facility includes classrooms, practice rooms, a recording studio, music technology room, percussion room, and a timber-lined recital room that can accommodate performances to an audience of around 100. The new theatre is a triple-storey volume for spoken word performances with retractable bleacher seating for 300. Although the space can function as a black box for performances, windows behind the stage may be opened to allow more versatility of use, such as to accommodate exams, lectures and prize-giving events. The art department on the first floor is acoustically separated from the music facility and theatre. Large windows allow views over the playing fields and all four of the main teaching rooms benefit from good north light and daylight from two sides.
The music and art portions of the building are of concrete frame and flat slab construction while the theatre and fly tower are supported using steel trusses between the concrete elements of the building. Suspended above the auditorium and stage areas are two levels of walkway allowing students to set stage lighting and sound equipment. The building is founded on traditional mass concrete spread foundations and sustainable urban drainage measures were used to minimise water leaving the site.

Completed 2013.

Lady Eleanor Holles School

Walters & Cohen



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