In 2010, Eric Parry Architects won an invited competition to design a new Music School in Brighton College’s George Gilbert Scott designed city centre campus. Our brief was then extended to include a new Drama School to creating a Performing Arts hub around a shared foyer, with an extension to the Grade II listed Dining Hall. We planned a phased construction, whereby unsightly twentieth century buildings built to the rear of the Main School Building designed by Scott are cleared away, to create a new ‘front’ onto the Home ground. The central axis of the College with its celebrated Quad has now been extended through the Main School Building to a new courtyard with the Performing Arts Hub and the Home Ground sports pitches beyond.
Phase One, the Music School, is now complete and was opened by David Gilmour CBE in November 2015. It includes the Sarah Abraham Recital Hall for an audience of up to 195, with electronically operated variable acoustic panelling and views out across the Home Ground, a dedicated Percussion Room and a variety of rehearsal rooms. The steeply gabled roof of the Music School echo those of the Scott Buildings, its colourful ceramic tiling a modern interpretation of the Victorian tiled roofs, above a Caen stone base and clerestory glazing. Phase Two, the Drama School and Foyer, is due on site in three years and will complete the ensemble.
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