Client: Kent County Council

Sevenoaks Grammar Annexe and Trinity School 
Kent

Architects: Bond Bryan Architects
Bond Bryan Associate Director: 
Zubin Masters
Project Managers: 
Willmott Dixon Construction
Services Engineers: 
Jones King Partnership (Mechanical Engineer) / SB Electrical (Electrical Engineer)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contractor: Willmott Dixon Construction 
Construction Value:
£30m
Completion Date:
Sept 2017 
Gross Internal Floor Area: 
Grammar Annexe 10959 sq.m / Trinity School 6500 sq.m

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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The design of the facades of Sevenoaks Grammar Annexe and Trinity School aims to be timeless through the juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary materials.  

The Wilderneses site will co-locate a Grammar Annexe and the Trinity School; in two seperate buildings with shared external and sports facilities. 

The Grammar Annexe will be a new 6 Form Entry Secondary Grammar School accomodating 1260 pupils. The Grammar Annexe building will provide 8671 sq.m. of new accomodation over three storeys. The existing Sports Centre will be retained and refurbished. 

Trinity School is a co-educational 'free school' with an eucmencial religious character. Trinity School will relocate the existing 4 Form Entry Secondary Free School accomodating 790 pupils. The Trinity School will provide 6500 sq.m of new accomodation over 3-4 storeys. 

In addition to responding to the site, the building concept responds to the brief from the Client bodies to design two simple and elegant, distinct but complimentary school buildings through timeless architecture; economic and efficient buildings incorporating principles of sustainable design; schools that are community facing and fully accessible. 

The design for the two schools are based on the EFA's baseline designs for secondary schools, but have been adapted to the brief and site specific opportunities and constraints. 

 

 

The Grammar Annexe is based on the 'Finger Block' design, where the learning spaces are organized in two linear wings connected together by a wing containing the dining, main hall and library. This provides a simple and efficient plan, minimizing circulation routes and optimizing opportunities for daylight and natural ventilation. The position and orientation of the building responds to the views on the site while providing optimum solar control. The new three storeyed Grammar Annexe building has been configured to link the existing Sports Centre. 

The Trinity School has been designed to address the key points in the School's vision, ethos and brief as well as compliment the Grammar Annexe. 

The building form that emerged was a simple and linear ' Z shaped building' running East-West on the upper plateau of the site. The building steps up from two storeys to three storeys from street level. The double-height main hall, activity studio and dining combine to form a central 'heartspace' accessible for community use. The teaching spaces within the building have been organized into four 'colleges', each of which incorporates teaching and staff spaces as well a large flexible resource space.

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