Delivering a high quality, classic landscape as a setting for children to thrive as they learn
The Project One Campus for the Warwick Independent Schools Foundation involved collocation of the new King’s High School for Girls, a sixth form centre, a high-tech music school and new facilities for sports, art and design technology within the existing Warwick Boys School Myton Road site.
An ambitious masterplan for the campus was developed to create a greener, safer and more attractive environment including new public realm, courtyards, play areas and redesigned parking. Situated on the edge of the historic Warwick Conservation Area the site benefits from numerous existing trees and retention of these was a key consideration. The proximity of the registered parkland of The Castle Park, designed by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown was also an influence on the design, with aspects of parkland landscape including naturalist tree groupings, vistas and garden spaces incorporated into the masterplan.
A hierarchy of landscape spaces, flowing through the built forms, provided a consistent and coherent appearance to the campus, whilst allowing the different identities of the separate schools to be expressed. Parking requirements were rationalised, to create a safer pedestrian environment and improve flow. Green infrastructure elements were threaded through the design, bringing nature to the heart of the scheme and creating linkages to the existing natural assets and the wider landscape.