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Mary Duggan returns to Alfriston with ‘strikingly monolithic’ performing arts centre design

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Mary Duggan Architects has won the go-ahead for a new 401m² performing arts building at Alfriston School in Buckinghamshire

The proposed scheme will be the second major project to be delivered for the girls’ special school in Beaconsfield by practice founder Mary Duggan. She had previously worked on the award-winning sports block and swimming pool (pictured bottom) while a director of Duggan Morris Architects, her previous firm.

The new two-storey building, which Duggan describes as ‘strikingly monolithic’ will be constructed with an ‘in-situ, load-bearing pigmented concrete skin’ and house teaching and performance spaces for music, dance and drama classes.

According to Duggan: ‘The scheme is characterised by two pitched roof volumes, which marry the orthogonal arrangement of the adjacent existing buildings with the rotated axis of the proposed building envelope, creating a building form of great formal and structural expressiveness – a dance, in effect, between two masses.’

The project is expected to complete by spring 2019.

Md102 alfriston performing arts press pack 6

Md102 alfriston performing arts press pack 6

Project data

Architect Mary Duggan Architects
Quantity surveyor Measur
Structural and civils Symmetrys
MEP/sustainability and acoustics Max Fordham
Tree surveyor ACD Environmental
Project New teaching and performing arts building within the existing Alfriston School site
Gross internal area 
401m² gross internal area
Alfriston School
Current RIBA stage 2
Construction budget 

Alfriston pool

Alfriston pool

Alfriston pool by Duggan Morris Architects

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