Developed around a Grade II Listed former fire station, the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form incorporates innovative design features to maximise historical character while creating a highly functional space.

The Brief 

A purpose-built, modern sixth form centre with 300 student places was needed for scientific and vocational courses, as well as mainstream academic subjects.

The key aspect of the project was the sympathetic conversion and retention of elements of the Grade II listed fire station buildings housing the school. We were required to preserve original aspects of the fire station while designing facilities fit for the needs of today’s students.

Our Response

A range of highly specialised facilities have subsequently been developed across the highly restrictive site, catering to the specific needs of the school’s talented students.

Early and regular consultation with planning officers and the public helped to drive the optimum design concept for sensitive development, resulting in a rationalised space with a glazed atrium providing a visually exciting focal point.

Key Facts 

  • High quality teaching facilities successfully housed within a building of historic interest.
  • Making effective use of the existing listed buildings saved money compared to new build options.
  • Led an effective stakeholder consultation effort to allay initial concerns over the development.

Click here for a more detailed case study

Project Information

Client: Sir Isaac Newton Free School

Value: £4 million