- Location Brighton, United Kingdom
- Value £6.5 million
- Size 2,300 m²
- Client Brighton College
- Year 2017
Hopkins have been appointed to design the new Academic Building at Brighton College’s campus in Kemptown, following a limited international competition. Founded in 1845, the College is a highly-respected private co-educational day and boarding school with over 1500 pupils.
Rising academic results and an enhanced program of activities have combined with a number of prestigious awards to lead to unprecedented levels of interest in the school. A new 10-year capital development programme has been initiated to enhance and invigorate the campus which will ensure the school remains a place of world-class academic excellence.
Located near the historic Front Quadrangle next to several Grade II listed buildings (including the adjacent Great Hall), the Academic Building will be distinct and of a high-quality and will replace several outdated structures on the site. The building's scale and massing respects the historic context of the highly constricted campus and it will be five storeys high, of which 1 to 1.5 storeys will be partially hidden below ground.
It will be constructed of stone and brick to ensure visual continuity with the surrounding environment and will feature timber louvres over the fully-glazed areas at the gable ends that look onto the school. The building will be capped by a series of undulating pitched zinc roofs. The link between the Academic Building and the Great Hall will be fully glazed. A second phase of work will involve opening up this space to the undercroft of the Great Hall to make new connections through to the Simon Smith building to the south.
It will include 22 classrooms for various academic departments, an experimental classroom, offices, a locker room and breakout spaces for students and staff. Generous circulation areas have been included around a central atrium, which will form the social hub of the building and which will extend up to the Great Hall to the south on the two lower floors.
The building is being designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating. Construction commenced in 2016, with completion expected in July this year.