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Planning Approved for New Epsom Sixth Form Centre

Corde is delighted to have secured planning permission for a new sixth form centre for Epsom College in Surrey. The scheme followed the masterplan ADP produced for the school in 2014, and will replace poor-quality existing buildings, housing the current sixth form common room.

The site sits within the green belt, at the edge of the original listed Victorian school buildings, and required a sensitive design approach.

ADP’s London Studio Director, Dianna Fletcher, said, 'The design responds to the historic context without seeking to emulate it; the three-storey building has steeply sloping roofs, and the windows have cream metal linings which coordinate with the stone dressings elsewhere on the site.'

The new building will promote academic development, in addition to providing a social hub for the sixth form students. The building form is articulated and organised by pushing the two staircase cores through the volume of the building, creating three distinct zones. It will offer a specific environment for the older pupils and enable new styles of teaching spaces to be utilised. The design incorporates a 190-seat lecture theatre, seminar rooms, a room for quiet study, discussion pods, career centre, screening room, and café; and will cater for the current cohort of 340 sixth form pupils.

A member of the planning committee commented: ‘The proposal replaces the existing "hotch-potch" of buildings with something which is a very good design that will be a great addition to the College.'