Wycombe Abbey School
In 2012, Wycombe Abbey School recognised the need for a masterplan that would improve the standard of their boarding accommodation through a programme of renovation/reconfiguration of the existing and construction of new. Phase I of the masterplan comprises a pair of new build boarding houses, to be located on the swimming pool site at the edge of the Langley Valley.
The project will provide boarding accommodation for 108 girls (54 in each house), two Housemistress houses (four bedrooms each), two Matron flats (two bedrooms each), two Housemistress Assistant flats (two bedrooms each) and two study flats for the Resident Tutor – all equally distributed between the two houses. In addition to this accommodation the building will include recreational spaces such as a drawing room, MONS room, rumpus room and kitchen for each house along with study spaces for every girl including day boarding girls and shared music practice rooms. Pastoral and study support spaces including a dispensary office and evening tutor desk are also provided for each house. In addition the new buildings must be set within a landscaped setting that incorporates functional aspects such as good pedestrian and vehicular access, external recreational areas for the girls, private gardens for the house mistresses, and shared gardens for the more junior staff, whilst ensuring that the design is sensitively integrated into the surrounding landscape context.
David Morley Architects / DMA Environment have also been appointed as BREEAM Assessors for the new boarding house development at Wycombe Abbey School. The building target is to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ as requested by the client and required by the local planning authority.