SciTec Campus, Oundle School

Merging STEM provision within a new state of the art facility

As well as the feasibility work we completed for a new sports centre and sports masterplan at Oundle School, we also delivered an extension to the existing science and engineering facilities. The design added new mathematics classrooms adjacent to the existing science department, as well as addressing entrance and circulation issues in the previous SciTec 1 building with a dramatic new double height foyer. A new ‘front door’ was created to this area of the school. Staff workrooms, open-plan voluntary learning breakout spaces for science and mathematics, and project rooms for senior pupils were included within the project. The scheme transformed the adjacent engineering department to create a 21-century facility and enhanced the provision for extra-curricular activities. A new landscaped ‘technology’ court was created between the two buildings. Our design was informed by debates with the teachers and academics about how best to deliver the STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) curriculum.

“SciTec has been an extraordinary success. Its architecture appeals to all who encounter it, especially young people, and the physical alliance of intellectually cognate subjects is inspiring exciting developments. The team at vHH understood the vision and worked brilliantly with the School in bringing it to life.”

Mrs Sarah Kerr-Dineen, Head Oundle School

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  • Project Details

    • Location: Peterborough
      Client: Oundle School
      Area: 1770 m2
  • Project Awards

    • Shortlisted - RIBA East Midlands Awards

Project Timeline

  • 2013
    Concept design

    Site organogram

  • Planning

    Engineering building workshops CGI

  • Materials

    Rooflight in foyer over main stair

  • Construction

    Foyer east wall goes up

  • Construction

    On the way up to the roof for the topping out ceremony

  • 2015

    Bespoke commission of sculpture by Draisci Studio to SciTec foyer