Stowe School, Boarding Houses

  • Location Buckingham, Buckinghamshire
  • Architect Rick Mather Architects
  • Client Stowe School

Stowe House, once the mansion of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos, is set in one of the country’s most important eighteenth century landscape gardens and forms the heart of Stowe School. The rich ensemble of buildings and gardens includes work by Capability Brown, Kent, Vanburgh, Soane and Clough Williams Ellis.

Rick Mather Architects has created a masterplan to re-order the school’s use of its existing buildings and for strategic new development. The first stage of implementing this is the construction of a new girls boarding house. Phase one, due for completion in 2007, has en-suite accommodation for 60 students in a mix of room types, together with maisonettes for staff, a library and common room facilities. Phase two has accommodation for a further 45 students together with staff and ancillary facilities.

The building has been engineered as a five storey in-situ reinforced concrete flat slab structure with basement. This has no beams and a free form column array determined by the spatial requirements of the plan. A steel framed roof has a wide tapering overhanging eaves structure.

The design has met the exacting standards of the National Trust, who own the gardens, and English Heritage.

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