State Boarding School Boarding House Wins Awards
Monday 5th January 2009
The new sixth form boarding facilities at Wymondham College in Norfolk was finalists in the 2009 Creative East Awards for ‘Best Architecture project in the UK by Architects of the Eastern Region’ (March 2007 – December 2008).
Melvyn Roffe, Principal of Wymondham and current BSA Chairman, said, ‘Our new accommodation takes sixth form boarding to a new level.’
The main concept behind the design for the new complex was to provide all residents with a view outwards over the Norfolk countryside, from rooms organised in three and four storey wings arranged around a large, landscaped courtyard. Access to the new wings is via a covered walkway surrounding the new courtyard. The wings meet in a dramatic westward pointing ‘prow’, which is clearly visible on entry to the campus.
The whole building enjoys a strong sense of character and place. The building also features a range of sustainable materials and uses renewable energy technologies. The sustainability agenda has been a key determinant of the design.
Wymondham College benefited from government funding three years ago and the sixth form accommodation is the culmination of its spending programme, offering state of the art accommodation for 115 students.
In 2008, the government provided just less than £20million for refurbishing and expanding boarding facilities in state boarding schools – strong evidence of the value the government sets upon boarding in the twenty first century.