Basement Gymnasium and Arts Building
St. Marylebone School, London, England
RIBA Regional Award 2008
RIBA National Award 2008
Concrete Society Building Award 2008
RIBA Sorrel Foundation School Award 2008 – highly commended
Structural Steel Award – commendation
BCIA Award – highly commended
Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award – finalist
Operating for many years from three out-dated buildings, this secondary school for girls required extra space for sports, music and performing arts education.
The design solution was to create an underground gymnasium beneath the existing playground and to replace an existing 2-storey building with a 5-storey art and music building with dance studios below ground. This was a challenging task given the restricted site access, adjacent listed buildings, presence of archaeological remains and Conservation Area status.
A low energy design was adopted and robust, self-finished materials were used throughout.
This project, on which Robert Bourke worked as Project Architect for Gumuchdjian Architects, has received several major design awards.