12th May 2021

St Mary’s Cortile blooming for the coming summer

On a recent visit to St Mary’s School in Cambridge it was wonderful to see how good the rejuvenated ‘cortile’, a central courtyard garden that sits at the heart of the school, is looking now that the greenery has bedded in.

In its previous condition, the cortile’s poor quality windows and uninsulated panelled wall construction were cold, leaky, and made a poor first impression on visitors to the School.

We worked with the School and with JM Structural Consultants to drastically improve the thermal performance of the surrounding ground floor facades and rooves, and introduced high-performance full-height windows to create fantastic views through from the reception area. The increased glazing now brings light flooding into the surrounding internal spaces, and offers views of the beautiful planting (by Charlotte Forbes).

We know that the pupils are putting it to good use in the summer months and will continue to into the future.

st mary's cortile before

Before (above) and After (right)