Client: Crown Woods College
This new college’s chief interest lies in its unusual approach to creating “schools within schools”. Each of three mini-colleges is housed in its own pavilion, with provision for a fourth. The sixth form and specialist teaching areas also occupy their own pavilions. These pavilions are linked by covered colonnades and are arranged in a chequer-board pattern to form diagonally related courtyards. The arrangement exploits the open qualities of the south-sloping site, creating an environment described as university-like by the students. A major requirement of the design was to help raise aspirations, as well as offering enough space for civilized behaviour with excellent passive supervision.