St Paul’s School selected us through an invited competition to masterplan its Thames-side campus in Barnes. It has had an outstanding academic record throughout its long history, even though its character changed with the move to this site from Alfred Waterhouse’s school in Hammersmith.
We set out to define the school’s identity around a new collegiate campus. This involves reorganising the public realm with a clear network of pedestrian routes to connect the school to the river, and to develop that network with a series of new public spaces that logically define sites for new buildings. The order of development is flexible to give the school options and to cause minimum disruption to its operations. Outline planning consent, granted in 2008, allowed a 40 per cent uplift in floor space even though much of the campus is on Metropolitan Open Land.