Hilden Grange School, Education

Hilden Grange is set to enter an exciting new phase of its life.

Work has recently completed on a series of innovative buildings and landscape spaces that will transform the school. The east and west wings linked with a dining hall is located at the rear of the school, to provide spacious, modern teaching spaces befitting the high quality education received by Hilden Grange pupils.

The proposed scheme comprises two low level wings extending into the landscape on three diminishing levels. The intention is to integrate the building with the existing topography and create a tiered proposal that offers three distinct playspaces in between with views over the surrounding fields and Green Belt beyond.

The proposed architectural interventions are predominantly Cross laminated timber with a linear wrap of biodiverse green roof. The planting character of the play terraces is inspired by the majestic trees that surround the site with specimen Scots Pine and Birch Trees humanising the terraces providing shelter & shade.

Vibrant surfaces that undulate and morph provide subtle opportunities for external learning & play and create interest from the many aerial vantage points. The Multi Use Games Area was completed by September 2011 with the remainder of the project to be completed in November 2012.

Client: Alpha Plus Group
Architects: Hawkins\Brown
Landscape Budget: circa £0.35 million
Status: Complete 2012
Awards Winner of a RIBA 2014 South East Regional & National Award

“We are absolutely delighted with our new buildings. They have surpassed our expectations and provide an outstanding learning environment.”

John Withers, Headmaster of Hilden Grange School

“We found B|D to be engaging, good listeners and informative developers of our particularly difficult brief and paying due regard to tricky site conditions, conservation and neighbour matters.”

— Richard Jones, Property Director,
Alpha Plus Group