Modern Languages Building

Client: Rugby School

Project Value: £3.2m

Contractor: ISG

Area: 1,150m²

Status: Completed August

BREEAM Rating: Excellent


Phase 1 of the largest capital expenditure for Rugby School in a generation has provided a State of Art Modern Languages facility that has been designed to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Rating.

The site is located in the sensitive Rugby School Conservation area, and is surrounded by residential properties. The project was completed in August 2012.

The building houses 11 classrooms, 2 language laboratories, resource suite, office areas, interview rooms and associated ancillary spaces. Within 2 wings of accommodation, positioned at right angles around a landscaped external courtyard and accessed via a gated ‘porte cochere’ from Horton Crescent. The three storey blocks form the site boundaries to the north & east, creating a secure external space at the heart of the site.

The design of the building followed after a period of consultation with students, staff & Local Authority and was enthusiastically received by all key stakeholders. The contemporary design reflected the proportion of windows in the buildings opposite.

The introduction of stone clad vertical solar shading elements echoes the contrasting stonework found to adjacent existing buildings. The fins project beyond the parapet level mimicking the pointed Gothic roof scape found opposite.