St Anthony’s is a small family run private boys school. Its building by van Heyningen and Haward houses a sophisticated multi-purpose hall used for eating, sports, performances and meetings.
The design problem was difficult, involving careful integration with the existing Edwardian school building, incorporation of level changes, avoidance of trees and very limited space, not to mention a reactionary local planning authority. The aim has been to achieve a calm simplicity that belies these problems, and to create an internal space that is lofty and inspiring – a new heart to the school – enclosed in an external form that compliments its context.
The steel and timber framed building was built in the ten week school summer holiday, and uses breathing wall technology.