Cranleigh School in Surrey has commissioned a design by Allies and Morrison for the Cranleigh School Teaching Building and Gatley’s cafe Project. The proposal redevelops and expands a disused squash court to create new teaching and social facilities for the school. Two levels of classrooms will ring a double height cafe and circulation zone at the centre of the building. The layout is designed to encourage student interaction and a sense of community, helping students to feel more independent as they prepare to move on to University.

The project will be Cranleigh’s new academic heart; the creative incorporation of an old structure within the new is both economical and sustainable and by providing new teaching space the project will allow boarding houses converted to classrooms to be returned to their original use. In addition, the new building’s relationship to two existing structures will frame a new courtyard for the campus.

The Cranleigh commission adds to Allies and Morrison’s strong school portfolio which includes recent RIBA winning projects at Brighton College and St Thomas the Apostle College, London. Allies and Morrison was named Education Architect of the Year by Building Design in 2014.