Brighton College set to unveil new centre for sports and science next yearJuly 31, 2019
English lessons for the Syrian Community in the Sixth Form (Credit: David McHugh / Brighton Pictures)
A world-class £55m Sport and Science Centre – opening January 2020 – will be the latest architecturally stunning new modern buildings at Brighton College – Sunday Times’ Independent School of the Year 2019.
The new Sport and Science Centre draws together two contrasting areas of the school curriculum while also deploying state-of-the-art energy conservation technology. Facilities include a cinema-style auditorium with direct video links to science departments across the globe, along with 18 university-standard laboratories.
For sports, there’s a 25 metre pool, double height sports hall plus a stunning rooftop running track with panoramic views across the nearby South Downs hills. This is a building designed for zero emissions but maximum style.
“Inside, views from one department into the other make for a lively and animated circulation through the new building, creating an unexpected interplay between sports and sciences” said leading architectural magazine Dezeen.
The opening of the Sport and Science Centre complements a year of award recognition for Brighton College.
Headmaster Richard Cairns was shortlisted for Head Teacher of the Year in the prestigious TES Awards, while the school won two prizes at the Boarding School Association Awards in May.
The BSA award for Best Boarding House Extension/Refurbishment was recognition that Brighton College has become a beacon of contemporary design chic by the sea – a place where nothing is ‘too cool for school’.
The star turn was the new co-ed Sixth Form house, Alexander, located in the heart of Brighton’s hip Kemptown neighbourhood.
Leading London-based designers DDSB transformed a former convent space, re-imagining the interior space – retaining historic features such as the stained glass windows and carved reliefs, while adding contemporary style with neon signs and a cinema room.
New House, meanwhile, is a girls’ boarding space that was named one of the best buildings in Britain by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). With stylish and luxurious rooms, and a top-floor communal space with panoramic views across the College quad, it draws on classic Sussex materials such as flint in its eye-catching facade.
New House was also awarded ‘Excellent’ status by BREAAM, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for buildings.
The BSA’s Innovation Award, meanwhile, highlighted the wonderful community engagement of Brighton College’s boarders with the city’s Syrian refugee community. Every Sunday, boarders work with the Voices in Exile charity to connect with over 50 refugees.
Pupils help adults with English lessons and discussions about life in the UK, help children with English and maths classes, and have recently established a youth club and crèche for the group.
Boarders have arranged food and clothing collections, and been actively involved in sporting and musical events to raise additional funds. This programme is almost entirely run by the boarders themselves, and has grown remarkably over the last few years to become a key part of Brighton College life.