New Café and Dining Facility opens within Charterhouse School’s Grade II listed heritage buildings

The new café and dining facility at Charterhouse School has now opened in time for students to enjoy in the new school year.

 

David Morley Architects were appointed in 2018 via a limited design competition to design a new café and dining facility set within the academic heart of Charterhouse School’s Grade II listed buildings.

 

The project provides a new dining room, kitchen and servery to provide breakfast, lunch and dinner to the four old school houses, totalling approximately 290 pupils and staff. 

 

The café is bound by heavy stone external walls and colonnades along two sides, and sits beneath a distinctive collection of pitched and fat roofs that have been developed over time. 

 

The design concept applies a light touch to the existing buildings by creating large new window openings in the external walls to bring in light and views, and by opening up the existing

collection of rooms below to define four distinctive but interlinked café and dining spaces.  

 

The result is a light, open and modern design that is equally respectful of the Grade II listed heritage buildings and the historical school context.