Project Filius - cube_design

Project Filius

project name | Project Filius
location | Elstree, Hertfordshire
client | The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' Preparatory School
project value | £3.5 million
contract | Design and Build
project brief | The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School is a well-established school, located in Elstree, Hertfordshire, with an overall site area of 2.329 acres / 0.943 ha. The Preparatory School is a standalone building within the campus, which is accessed from the main drive aswell as pedestrian routes that are defined from this route-way.

The existing school is an RIBA award winning two- storey building, dated 1982, with a 2001 extension. The building accommodates boys between the ages of 7 – 11 years. The existing building has an overall Gross Internal Floor Area (GIFA) of 1866 m2. (Ground Floor GIFA - 1190 m2; First Floor GIFA - 676 m2) and the net increase to the floor area is approximately 285 m2 proposed.

cube_design was asked to produce a concept design for 3 no. additional classrooms; improvement of ICT, Library, Art and Design Technology provision; relocation of changing rooms, and minor alterations to the administration, staff and visitor entrance. The proposals incorporate external works, including a feature entrance and landscaping.

The design is respectful to the style of the existing building, but offers a contemporary twist through the use of full height glazing and charred timber cladding. The use of a colonnade minimises the buildings footprint whilst enabling a sense of arrival that the existing building is lacking. Futhermore a landscaped square provides a social gathering point with seating and shelter for arriving parents.

appointment | September 2016
commencement of the design process 
| September 2016
planning achieved 
| March 2017
start on site 
| August 2018
project status 
| RIBA Work Stage 7

cube_design team | Jane Lock-Smith (Technical Adviser) | Grace Warren | Adrian Papworth | Wayne Dooley

project team | cube_design (Architect) | Artelia (QS / Project Manager) | Rose + Associates (Structural & Civil Engineer) | F G Alden (Mechanical Engineer) | Darke & Taylor (Electrical Engineer) | T&B (Contractor)

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