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Wright & Wright to redesign Shakespeare's school - images

Wright & Wright Architects has won the competition to redesign the King Edward VI School in Stratford-on-Avon - the school where Shakespeare was taught.

Selected ahead of Allies and Morrison, Corrigan & Soundy & Kilaiditi and Berman Guedes Stretton, the practice has been asked to draw up a new masterplan for the town centre site, parts of which date back to the 15th century.

The firm will also design a series of new blocks for the famous boys' secondary school, including the first 'landmark' building (pictured below) which, the practice hopes, will create a secure entrance to the school site.

The building will house an interpretation and education centre on the ground floor, with a library on the first floor and an observatory above.

Etched in to the facade of the centre, which will be built from hand-made bricks and stone, will be a number of Shakespearian quotes including 'Better a witty fool than a foolish wit.'

The practice is also hoping to overhaul a handful of unsuccessful 1970s buildings which are considered 'detrimental to the overall experience of attending and visiting the school'.

by Richard Waite

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