Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
Maidstone Grammar School
The Buckland House scheme at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls provided an exciting new sixth form learning environment which fulfilled the practical need of the current users, whilst ensuring that future generations will have a space to be proud of.
This three-storey new teaching block provides 13 new classrooms, as well as a new sixth form centre, and is at the heart of the school campus.
An important aspect of the scheme was to create a building which related to the surrounding existing buildings, whilst clearly providing a destination in its own right. The style of brickwork and placement of the windows were both chosen to give the building a similar character to the surrounding buildings, with the juxtaposition of vertical zinc cladding on the external surface giving the building a distinctive aesthetic that is pleasing to look at but is also very low maintenance.
Utilising an in situ concrete frame, which is predominantly exposed to all floors gives the building a very contemporary aesthetic. The exposed concrete acts as a heat reserve during the day and then is purged during the night, creating a comfortable space to learn in all seasons. The floating acoustic ceiling panels not only help to reflect natural light into the internal areas, which concrete would absorb, but also create acoustic attenuation.