Hopkins were appointed to design The Kai Yong Yeoh Building at Brighton College's campus in Kemptown, following an 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, an enhanced program of activities and a number of prestigious awards have lead to unprecedented levels of interest in the school. A 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(including the adjacent Great Hall), The Kai Yong Yeoh Building is distinct, high-quality, and has replaced several outdated structures on the site. The building's scale and massing respects the historic context of the highly constricted campus. It is five storeys high, of which 1 to 1.5 storeys are partially hidden below ground.

The building is constructed of stone and brick to ensure visual continuity with the surrounding environment. It features timber louvres over glazed areas at the gable ends that look onto the school, and is capped by a series of undulating pitched zinc roofs. The link between The Kai Yong Yeoh Building and the Great Hall is 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.

The building includes 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 forms the social hub of the building and extends up to the Great Hall to the south on the two lower floors.

The building has achieved a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating. 


  • Location Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Value £9.5 million
  • Size 2,300 m²
  • Client Brighton College
  • Year 2017

Selected Awards

  • Civic Trust Awards: Commendation
  • Sussex Heritage Trust: Public and Community Award