14th September 2021

Houlton School opens its doors to first pupils

Opening of new secondary school with former listed Radio Station building at its heart

Last week saw a monumental milestone in the history of our newest completed project at Houlton School, as they opened the doors to the founding pupils – 180 Year 7s excited to start secondary school.

We are delighted that Urban & Civic’s determination to provide great places and real communities has secured the future of C Station and created a fantastic school. The project has been complex, challenging and rewarding in equal measure.

Houlton School has a fascinating history that is synonymous with Rugby, and the success of transforming this building from the iconic Radio Station Rugby building into Houlton’s brand-new secondary school is the product of intelligent teamwork: with Urban & Civic, the Transforming Lives Education Trust and the DfE, Historic England and Rugby Borough Council, all our fellow consultants in the masterplan and school teams, and Morgan Sindall and their construction team.

We are especially proud of our transformation of an uninsulated 1926 industrial building, into part of a highly efficient school. The total energy consumption of the whole school, including C-Station, is estimated to be 91.4kWh/m2/yr from the predicted in-use energy calculation. The improved energy performance will result in improved thermal and acoustic comfort for the occupants of the building, excellent indoor air quality, and significant lifetime reductions in carbon emissions and energy costs.

Watch the short film below to see the transformation of the former listed building and its new incarnation at the heart of Houlton School from start to finish, as it gets handed over to the Transforming Lives Educational Trust.