Dulwich College, established in 1619, is one of the UK’s largest and foremost independent schools. Its 10 year masterplan for renovation and improvement works includes upgrading their science facilities. We worked with Grimshaw Architects to replace the 1950s science block with a new building on the same site.
The 2-3 storey reinforced concrete frame is roughly S-shaped on plan with a steel framed auditorium and atrium infilling the gaps. Contained within the RC floor slabs are Thermally Active Building System pipes which use groundwater from deep boreholes to activate the thermal mass of the concrete frame and reduce the requirement for mechanical heating and ventilation.
The demolition and construction were carried out in two phases, allowing the school to retain and use part of the existing science block until the completion of Phase I. This reduced the number of temporary labs and classrooms required.