Our challenge was to reconcile the Houlton masterplan, with its tiered planning process, physical layout and phased delivery programme, the Academy Trust’s particular brief, and the character, significance and condition of the listed building. Learning from our experience delivering the first primary school at Houlton, St Gabriel’s, and the range of issues and the complexity of discussions the project was intensively – and happily – collaborative.
Initial ideas started from our analysis and understanding of C Station, hugely helped by the historic drawings and photographs within the British Telecom Archive and in the book The History of Rugby Radio Station by Malcolm Hancock, based on his 38 years of work at the site. Our concept design emerged from an intensive design charette organised by Urban & Civic and led by Houlton’s master planning architects, JTP, with all our key stakeholders present.
The school will become an important statement building in the heart of Houlton’s growing community and provides us with a rare and exciting opportunity to turn a piece of Rugby’s rich history into a state-of-the-art facility for our local residents and families across the town.
RICHARD COPPELL, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR FOR URBAN&CIVIC