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Tim Ronalds wins £10m Marlborough College contest

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Tim Ronalds Architects has won the invited competition to overhaul the science facilities at Marlborough College

The practice saw off competition from teams led by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Nicholas Hare Architects, Orms and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects to win the £10 million project to upgrade and expand the college’s 1934 grade II-listed Newton building.

The winning scheme features a glass atrium linking to a new wing of flexible science spaces, while white walls and windows have been designed to ‘echo those of the Newton building to create a unified complex’.

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

In a poll run by the AJ, Tim Ronalds Architects’ scheme was voted the unanimous favourite with 74 per cent of votes.

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading said: ‘This is a tricky site and all of the finalists showed great depth in their approach.

‘In the end the jury felt that Tim Ronalds’ team had the edge because they managed to give the much loved Newton building a renewed programme, and combine this with an elegant and open addition that will be a joy to learn in. 

‘They were particularly impressed by the team’s composition, their depth of analysis and interest in the project.’

Fourteen practices were originally invited to submit in the contest for the college which counts Kate Middleton and William Morris among its former pupils.

A planning application for the scheme is set to be submitted in summer 2015 with the project expected to complete in autumn 2017.


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