Our work for Latymer Upper School is one of our best examples of a fruitful long-term client/architect relationship. Latymer Upper School is a co-educational Independent School based in Hammersmith, with whom our association began when we won an invited competition to design a new Arts Centre in 1995 and which continues to this day. This has included twelve projects so far, from small scale studies to major new buildings. During this time, we have developed a mutual trust and understanding that has immeasurably benefited each design.
Our single most important contribution was in persuading the school’s governors that they should be looking 15-20 years ahead, not just at one project at a time. We felt that with such a tight urban site they needed to think carefully about how best to use it. During the design of our first commission for a new Arts Centre, we drew up a masterplan in which the school would be thought of as a campus, to be developed in phases.