Redmaids’ High School is the country’s oldest existing girls’ school, founded in 1634. The independent school is currently undertaking a multi-million pound development programme to include a new Performing Arts Centre with a state-of-the-art auditorium.
The design of the Performing Arts Centre will complement the character and style of the 18th and 19th century main school buildings within an historic school campus setting whilst providing external spaces which seek to link the two buildings with a usable, sympathetic external space.
The landscape design development is metaphorically linked with the location of the existing main building and the proposed new hall building. We have used the axes of these two elements to generate a rigorous structure for the landscape arrangements, achieving strong connections between both buildings.
Break out and gathering spaces are proposed infront of the building to encourage
activity and to provide sufficient space to accommodate large groups of people
when required. Open circuation space is combined with areas of planting
which create a visual distinctiveness.
The balance between hard and soft landscape areas has been carefully considered. Cercis siliquastrum multi-stem and single stem trees along with native grasses with flower fronds are proposed to add visual interest and strong seasonal colours.