Tuesday 4th June 2019

Posted by Kate Withstandley

Restoring and adapting Rugby's historic C-Station into a brand-new secondary school

Restoring and adapting Rugby's historic C-Station into a brand-new secondary school

Our £32m transformation of the grade II listed former Rugby Radio Station into Houlton’s new secondary school, has just been submitted for planning and listed building consents.

Working for Urban & Civic plc with Aviva Investors and with the Department for Education and Transforming Lives Education Trust (who will operate the school), van Heyningen and Haward Architects have made proposals that combine creative adaptation of the historic C Station with the addition of three new teaching blocks to form a new school campus.

Our extensive experience working with historic buildings, for the education sector and with heritage stakeholders, has produced a design which sensitively provides excellent community facilities for Houlton and secures the future of the listed building.

James McCosh, Partner at van Heyningen and Haward Architects said: “‘We are delighted to have been asked by Urban & Civic to bring our expertise in both education and the creative adaptation of historic buildings to Houlton. The School’s design celebrates the heritage of C Station and allows a sense of its former glories to be experienced, inside and outside the School. The collaborative dialogue in the lead-up to these submissions, including with Urban & Civic, the DfE and the Trust, Rugby Borough Council, Historic England and the Twentieth Century Society, has been very positive, and underpins the quality of the scheme”

The new secondary school is our second project for the new community of Houlton and follows the successful delivery and opening of the St Gabriel’s CofE Academy in September last year.

The new School will be a key part of the district centre at Houlton, which will deliver community and civic facilities to the new residents who will eventually occupy up to 6,200 homes.

The projected timeline for the school is for occupation in 2021.


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