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Hopkins completes another Bryanston School building

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Hopkins has released new photos of its third scheme for Bryanston School in Dorset - the recently completed Tom Wheare Music School

The 2,500m² red-brick block, which houses a 300-seat recital hall, rehearsal spaces, a library and recording studio, sits next to the school’s grade I-listed Main School Building designed by Norman Shaw.

Six years ago the firm took the wraps off the £5 million Sanger Centre for Science and Mathematics before working on the independent school’s new humanities building - the £3million Bramall Hall block - which completed last year.

The architect’s view

‘The recital hall has a fan-shaped plan and dramatic roof form that also faces towards the courtyard. Performers can access the stage from the rear and there is a connecting circulation route that can accommodate equipment and instrument transfer from rehearsal and practice spaces elsewhere in the building.

‘The modern music department has been strategically placed on the lower ground floor to be separated from the public and other academic areas in the school. Guitar practice rooms in this area feature a glazed wall to connect them visually to the adjacent circulation and let natural light filter in. The recording studio and editing suite are also located on this level to avoid potential noise disturbance to other spaces.

‘Above this sit two main wings of accommodation arranged in a linear fashion around a gently-curving central corridor. Rooms are of varying sizes to accommodate a range of activity and feature significant natural light and operable windows offering views around the campus.’

Project data

Size: 2,500m²
Completion: October 2014
Architect: Hopkins Architects
Client: Bryanston School
Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering



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