16 Nov 2012

A young London-based architectural practice committed to sustainable design has just been appointed by Hazlegrove Preparatory School in Somerset to design its proposed £1.6 million Teaching and Learning Centre for English and Humanities.

Feilden Fowles, whose former projects have included an Applied Learning Centre in Bath and a ground-breaking environmental home in Wales, is known for its passion for intellectually playful design and sensitivity to context. It is these skills that Hazlegrove’s Headmaster Richard Fenwick believes will create a vibrancy that will place academic endeavour and a culture of independent learning at the very heart of Hazlegrove.

Subject to planning and scheduled for completion in Summer 2014, the new 6000 sq ft centre is intended to be the academic hub of the school and will have fluid working spaces for individuals, groups and classes. Headmaster Richard Fenwick explains: “We are delighted with the appointment of Feilden Fowles and the development of our new Teaching and Learning Centre. Our aim is to create an environment within the centre that will inspire children to explore the excitement of learning. We believe this £1.6 million investment by the school will create an area for academic excellence and position Hazlegrove as a leading prep school.

“This is a very dynamic time to be at Hazlegrove. Pupils have achieved some outstanding scholarship results and our pupils have moved on to a wide and diverse range of senior schools including Bryanston, Canford, Downside, Eton, King’s Bruton, Marlborough, Millfield, Sherborne, Sherborne Girls, St Mary’s Calne and Winchester. We were recently shortlisted as Tatler Prep School of the Year and our plans for 2013 include a concentrated focus on academic achievement, the creation of a Jubilee Wood and an inspirational literary festival,” concludes Richard Fenwick.