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Kimbolton School, Cambridgeshire by RMJM

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[FIRST LOOK] RMJM has completed this 1,200m2, six-classroom block in the grounds of Kimbolton School in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire

The competition-winning scheme, which also houses a 100-seat theatre, marks the first stage of a two-phase redevelopment south-west of the institution’s landmark Grade I-listed Kimbolton Castle (pictured in the background in the first slideshow image), designed by John Vanbrugh.

According to the practice, the elevations were ‘based on the proportions of the golden section, used by Robert Adam for the Gatehouse on the site’.

Project data

Architects: RMJM
Location: Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire
Type Of Project: Education          
Structural Engineers: Taylor Whalley Spyra
Project Architect: Nick Cordingley
Design Team: Colin Moses, Adam Peavoy, Nick Cordingley, Laurence Smith, Chris Davis, Darren Bradford
Client: Kimbolton School
Start on site date: February 2007
Gross internal floor area: 1,200 m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Traditional JCT SBC with quantities 2005
M&e consultant: Connel Mott Macdonald
Quantity surveyor: TN Rose & Partners
Planning supervisor: TN Rose & Partners
Main contractor: Bell Projects Ltd.
Fire Engineering: Buro Happold
Acoustics:Sharps Redmore Partnership



Kimbolton School is an independent co-educational day/boarding school of some 950 pupils aged 4 to 18. There are 625 pupils in the Senior School (ages 11-18). The senior and preparatory schools are at either end of Kimbolton village and share a 120 acre site which extends the length of the village.
The school held a design competition and the brief for the new building outlined the requirement for six classrooms each to accommodate 25-30 pupils and a 100 seat lecture theatre. The building would form the first in a two phase redevelopment of the south west area of the campus, redefining the south elevation to the existing cricket pitch.

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