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Finalists reveal their designs for Marlborough College

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Marlborough College has released images of the five concept designs shortlisted in the invited competition for the £10 million overhaul of its science facilities

Teams led by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicholas Hare Architects, Orms, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, and Tim Ronalds Architects are competing for the project to upgrade and expand the college’s 1934 grade II-listed Newton building.

Designed by WG Newton, the school’s science block is an early example of shuttered concrete construction and was given heritage protection in 1970.

The competition-winning scheme is intended to complement the college’s ‘dynamic approach to science learning, moving away from traditional distinctions between biology, chemistry and physics and adopting an international multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary policy’.

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading, said: ‘The College is enthusiastically embracing the latest thinking in Science learning and teaching, where inter and multi-disciplinary approaches are encouraged and traditional boundaries between subjects challenged.

‘The winning design will need to mesh with the remarkable setting and existing Newton building while also being inventive and engaging.’

Fourteen practices were originally invited to submit for the contest.

The college, which counts Kate Middleton and William Morris among its former pupils, will interview the finalists on 19 November and name a winner shortly after.

A planning application is anticipated in summer 2015 and the project is expected to be completed by autumn 2017.



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