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Contemporary English Architecture Practice, UK Design Office: Architect of the Year

10 Mar 2016

Cottrell & Vermeulen News

This British architecture studio is crowned Architect of the Year
10th March 2016 – Stephen Fry presents Britain’s best architects with their awards

Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall
photograph : Paul Riddle

January 2016

Shortlisted for Education Architect of the Year, UK

Building Design (BD) Magazine have shortlisted the practice for Education Architect of the Year 2015 for their recent work on Notre Dame School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Lyndhurst Primary School and Brentwood School.

BD’s annual celebration of architecture is highly regarded, unique in recognising a body of work and a dedication to an industry.

Having previously won the award in 2011, the studio is hoping to extend their trophy cabinet when the winner is announced in March.

Architect of the Year Awards

Dec 2015

New learning resource centre now complete at Brentwood School, Essex, England

The school’s revamped LRC and adjoining new learning block have now reached completion, with the buildings set to be in full use in February, report the architects.

The Bean LRC at Brentwood School in Essex provides the independent school with a new two-storey extension to their existing library, transforming how the building is used while meeting the demands of the 21st century technological landscape. The project also sees the redevelopment of an adjoining 1960s teaching block, increasing learning space and creating a sense of coherence between the buildings.

The existing Bean Library was built in 1929, encompassing two floors at the centre of the campus. Unable to accommodate the needs of 1,200 pupils, the library was seen be in vast need of improvement.

As well as creating an education hub, the ground floor of the library has been designed as a dedicated social area. An entrance portico links study and social spaces, offering a transition space that can be used for talks and lectures.

Oct 2015

Lyndhurst Primary School Building Extension, Southwark, South London, UK

The new extension at Lyndhurst Primary School in Southwark is now in full use.

Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture have designed a partial refurbishment, demolition and extension for the school, allowing it to expand from a 1.5 form entry to 2FE. The dominant use of brick is a highlight of the design, used not only as a response to the school’s existing built landscape but also to accentuate the bold design of the building.

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Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall, Essex, England
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Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre
picture : Paul Riddle

Brentwood School Sixth Form Centre & Assembly Hall – 29 Jun 2012

RIBA Awards 2012 winner

Three buildings celebrate the spirit of education, unfolding as a sequence of spaces for learning, socializing, and gathering: a new Sixth Form block, a remodelled Victorian vicarage, and a new assembly block which links to a sequence of other smaller external social areas.

Admirable innovations include internal thermal chimneys in every classroom, natural ventilation panels next to windows, and pre-cast concrete panels used as formwork for the cast-in-situ concrete.

Drawing inspiration from the existing Victorian vicarage, the new design is expressed in a language that is both contextual and contemporary. The sculpting of the roofs creates non-standard, domestic-scaled classrooms filled with natural light, reminiscent of the gabled roofs of the Victorian vicarage yet with an added measure of playfulness.

Cottrell & Vermeulen Architects – Key Projects

Major Designs, alphabetical:

Brentwood School – New Sixth Form Centre, England

Churchill College – Postgraduate Accommodation, Cambridge, England
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Churchill College
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Cambridge Building
Evoking Arts & Crafts houses such as ‘Elmside’ by E.S. Prior on Grange Road.
RIBA Award 2003
Walls clad in clay tiles from Sussex

Krishna-Avanti Primary School, Harrow, northwest London, UK

St Edmunds Church Centre, Katherine Rd, London E7

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