Members' tour of Cottrell & Vermeulen's Brentwood School buildings

Free tour of The Bean Learning Resource Centre and Sixth Form Centre and Assembly Hall


12:00pm, Saturday, 28 May 2016


01:15pm, Saturday, 28 May 2016

Price: Free for AF members


Brentwood School

Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 8EE


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The Architecture Foundation is delighted to announce this complimentary walking tour of Brentwood School in Essex. The tour, which will be led by Cottrell and Vermeulen, is open to all individual members, practice members and supporters of the Architecture Foundation and will take place on Saturday 28 May. 

Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture's project includes the newly built Bean Learning Resource Centre and the Sixth Form Centre completed in 2011.  

The Bean LRC at Brentwood School in Essex provides the independent school with a new 2-storey extension to their existing library, transforming how the building is used while meeting the demands of the 21st century technological landscape. The design takes elements of the existing context and interprets them to create a new building that is both sympathetic and contemporary. 

The existing Bean Library is located in an intimate building built in 1929, encompassing two floors at the centre of the campus. Unable to facilitate the current roll of 1,200 pupils, the library was seen be in vast need of improvement. 

As well as creating an education hub, the ground floor of the building has been designed as a dedicated social area, rectifying current deficiencies of the school where students are left without a location to use informally before, after and during school hours. An entrance portico links study and social spaces, offering a transition space that can be used for talks and lectures. 

The project included upgrading the fabric of the existing buildings to improve energy efficiency, expanding on a strategy introduced in the Brentwood Sixth Form Centre– a project by Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture completed in 2011.

Photographs: Anthony Coleman

You or your practice must be a member of the Architecture Foundation to book a ticket on this tour. All bookings will be checked so please make sure you are a member first. 

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