The new Science Building is a key part of the Harrow 450 development programme. Together with the proposed new Sports Building, it forms a coherent whole in which the design of the buildings is integrated with an extensive landscape strategy. The massing and siting respect the buildings historic setting whilst exploiting dramatic views across to central London.
The project provides state-of-the-art laboratories for chemistry and biology alongside a 180-seat lecture theatre. The building also houses an energy centre which contributes to the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ target.
The significant level drop from the historic setting at the ridge of the Hill, creates rich and varying relationships to the surrounding landscape. The gently curving main façade defines a new cross-route linking the main academic buildings to the School’s dining hall and beyond. This form is reflected internally with a dramatic atrium and axial circulation containing social and collaborative space.
A playful red brick façade with textured panels echoes the historic academic core and is complemented with bronze metalwork.
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