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Design Engine scoops Charterhouse School contest

Design Engine has won the competition to build a new chemistry block at Charterhouse School, Surrey

The Winchester-based practice saw off competition from Hopkins Architects, Panter Hudspith, Belsize Architects and Pringle Richards Sharratt to land the contest for a new £5 million chemistry facility block for the independent boarding school in Godalming.

Speaking to AJ, director of Design Engine Robert Jobson, said: ‘I think we won because we’re providing a unique and imaginative solution to the problem.’

Plans include the addition of a new two-storey building to revamp the current gothic campus.

Design Engine's plans for Charterhouse's gothic Chemistry block

Design Engine’s plans for Charterhouse’s gothic Chemistry block

The building will also feature three chimneys on the northern side to house chemical flues from the lab. Jobson said: ‘We want to relate the building to the verticality of the gothic campus, with chimneys that reach upwards in an elegant way.’

Although funding for the project has yet to be fully secured, a pre-application for planning is expected in the next few weeks.


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