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Emma Darwin Boarding House, Shrewsbury School

Key facts

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Shrewsbury 

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Shrewsbury School

Education

Ongoing

45 bedrooms, 2 flats
and various communal spaces

Shrewsbury School appointed Brock Carmichael Architects to design a new girls boarding house to meet the growing demand from prospective female Sixth formers.

Detail

The new facility provides high quality living accommodation for 60 students in a mixture of 1 and 2 person bedrooms, along with family accommodation for two resident pastoral care providers, breakout spaces, a main hall and a music room.

The building is set within a conservation area in a prominent wooded location. The design has 2 distinctive aspects – a private secure quadrangle and a public presence facing an important entrance vista. The building reinterprets the local vernacular in a contemporary manner to provide a rich and articulated façade with projecting bays, clerestory windows, dormers and a small ‘cloister’.