Canford School

Wimborne, Dorset

The second phase of two new boarding house projects for Canford School in Poole

A new build, 58 bed boarding house on a green field site, with associated Housemaster and Resident House Tutor accommodation attached, external Housemaster’s garage, external independent Changing Block and landscaping.

Internally there is a large two storey house room and pool and games area, kitchens, social spaces, study rooms, TV room with movable wall, feature stairs with balcony reading area overlooking the House Room below.

  • Client:

    Canford School

  • Contract Value:

    £4.7 million

  • Architect (image credit):

    Morgan Carey Architects, Smith Foster (part of JPP Group)

The construction method is brick and block with cast stone features (including a bespoke Sundial and cast stone bench seat). Beam and block ground floor, steel framing, pre-cast upper floor and stairs, cut roof with some trusses, dormer windows, zinc roof, aluminium RWGs and copings, Aluminium doors and windows, and louvered vent turrets.

Works are being carried out on a live boarding school campus with every effort made to minimise construction related disruption so that the School’s primary objective of providing a high quality education is not compromised.

The works are being carried out in a very tight site with lots of tree root protection zones and as such there is a narrow driveway with no access for articulated lorries. Our solution for this has been to use remote controlled tower crane, and negotiated access through tree root zones for a forklift.

Additionally having worked closely with the ecologist and arboriculturalist to negotiate the removal and reinstatement of some trees to create better access.

The site is clearly segregated from the pupils with regular communication between the site team with the school, with an ‘Open-Door’ policy in place.

The aim of both boarding house projects is to create new, high quality boarding house capacity for the school in an architecturally sensitive manner which respects, supplements and enhances the nature of the surrounding buildings and green spaces, sharing some of their aesthetics with each other and the surrounding buildings.

The boarding houses will be warm, welcoming and relaxed with homely but durable interior design.

Particular attention has been paid to the maintenance cost of the building with appropriate materials and finishes used throughout.