Buttress have worked with Wycliffe College for a number of years, helping to develop their school estate. In this time we have undertaken strategic plans for both the Prep and Senior Schools and have delivered a number of capital projects including a new Upper Prep School, Etheridge Hall and a new co-educational boarding house, Ward's - Ivy Grove, which completed in Autumn 2017.
Etheridge Hall, the new upper prep building at Wycliffe College, is designed on a prominent site opposite the historic Ryeford Hall, and in a conservation area.
A contemporary, clean design, the new building uses the relationship with the listed hall to connect visually and functionally, effectively re-using a neglected corner of the school estate. The form and scale of the new building is subservient in response to Ryeford Hall, retaining the prominence of this local landmark; and the restrained palette of natural materials creates a refined and elegant addition to the mature landscape and historic built environment.
The new building provides eight state of the art teaching spaces together with a common room and ancillary spaces for upper prep students. It is naturally ventilated, highly energy efficient and highly insulated which achieves part L compliance without the need for on-site renewable energy production.
Prep School Masterplan
Our designs for Etheridge Hall were underpinned by a masterplanning exercise. We reviewed the use of existing buildings at Wycliffe College, taking into account the immediate and future needs of the school, and also looking at the opportunities offered by the recent purchase of adjacent land.
Provision of a clear definition between the lower, middle and upper schools was a key outcome of the study and was incorporated into the strategy for development; whilst also seeking to increase the number of students across the lower and upper prep.
An identified site opposite Ryeford Hall became Etheridge Hall, whilst potential sites for boarding accommodation as future phases of development were also identified.
Senior School Masterplan
Following the successful delivery of Etheridge Hall, Buttress were asked to undertake a strategic masterplanning excercise at the Senior School. Again we reviewed the use, condition and potential within the existing estate and proposed development opportunities that support the long term vision of the school.
Our most recently completed project for the school has been the creation of a new boarding house, Ward's-Ivy Grove.
The building replaces and improves upon an existing boarding house to provide flexible and modern boarding to the school. Housing 55 boarders in a mixture of single and en-suite rooms as well as 32 flexi-boarder and day room boarder rooms, particular attention has been paid to the design of a room model that is flexible and adaptable, and that can easily change to meet a varied border profile each year.