The Mitchell Building wins Civic Trust Award
We are absolutely delighted that The Mitchell Building at the Skinners School, Royal Tunbridge Wells, has been named as one of only 35 national/international Civic Trust Award winners.
The building contains a sixth-form centre, English department and library that has helped the school expand to accommodate more pupils.
The design was developed from a careful analysis of the Gothic revival style of the original school buildings with a design that uses a matching brick with a strong emphasis on verticality and repetition, in a similar manner to the existing buttressed hall. The result is an addition to the school that respects its history whilst looking confidently to the future.
Natural, biophilic materials are used throughout with marmoleum flooring, timber cladding, wood-wool acoustic panels and carpets made from recycled fishing nets.
Passive daylighting and natural ventilation was prioritised with all classrooms being double or triple aspect, hugely reducing reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning, whilst exposed concrete soffits regulate the internal temperature and give generous floor to ceiling heights.
The quality of the building is the result of a great collaboration between the client, consultants and contractor.