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9TH January 2019

New Art Building Gets the Go-Ahead


9TH January 2019


Schools + FE


Planning secured for Notre Dame School.

ADP is thrilled to have secured planning consent for a new building for art at Notre Dame School in Cobham, Surrey.

The new three-storey infill building will replace a number of single-storey, poor-quality extensions. It will house a new art department with a large, open-plan “art school” studio space on the top floor, a textiles studio and tech room on the first floor, and a new staff room and Year 11 common room on the ground floor. By linking the existing teaching buildings on either side at ground level with a new cloister and also linking them at upper levels, circulation and accessibility will be improved.

The site sits within the green belt, and close to the original listed manor house that forms the heart of the school.

Our design incorporates dark grey/blue brick with deep reveals and perforated open brick into the new staircase, providing dappled daylight and natural ventilation. A large, two-storey bay window on the east elevation will provide views over the school’s gardens and beyond to the Surrey countryside. Ribbon windows on the north elevation will provide consistent north light. 

Studio director Dianna Fletcher notes, “This will be a distinctive new building that will lift and improve its immediate context, while reflecting and blending in with it in terms of the chosen colour scheme and materials. It will give the building a contemporary, crisp appearance which is respectful of the wider context, and gives sufficient impact by providing a new focus to the courtyard, signalling the entrance to this part of the school.”

 The project has been designed by ADP’s collaborative design team, Corde.

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