Allford Hall Monaghan Morris partner Paul Monaghan talks about how the practice’s Stirling Prize-shortlisted Burntwood School was conceived
Monaghan said the practice had attempted to create ‘an architecture that looked forwards but that also reflected the 1950s buildings on the site’ of the £40.9 million new school.
It looked at historical university campuses and the way buildings are placed in context to develop the scheme.
He added: ‘We had to build the school entirely while the school stayed on site. We built buildings on bits of land that were not in use already. But then we had to make the composition of those buildings look intentional.’
The 20,500m² project is one of the last completed Building Schools for the Future projects and features a faceted façade constructed from pre-cast concrete units.