BUILDINGS AT BEDALES
1996 Bedales Theatre Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (who also designed the new Art & Design building) the Theatre was opened in 1996 and immediately won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award. An early example of combined modern technologies and oak framing this most exciting of spaces is used for plays, lectures, meetings, concerts and rock shows. A charitable appeal funded £800k towards the overall cost of £1.5m and students took part in the construction of the magnificent timber framed construction.
1994 Boys’ Flat Changes in boarding, the provision of a separate 6.2 house and the growing number of students in the school in general led to Boys’ Flat moving to new accommodation. The large free form block with Arts and Crafts parentage, if not actual construction, was designed by RIBA Gold medallist and Hampshire County Architect Sir Colin Stansfield Smith. There are 30 dorms which range in size from 2-6 bedded rooms and many communal spaces such as common/ games rooms and a kitchen. Boys’ Flat is built around a large courtyard and garden which is a quiet area to relax after the school day and where barbecues are regularly held.
2006 Orchard Building The Orchard Building housing teaching and administration was opened in 2006. The architects, Walters & Cohen looked to the rich history of Arts and Crafts buildings and rural landscape of Bedales. This large range of three storey buildings defines the North side of the Orchard, the summer social centre of the school. They were returning to an unrealised plan of Gimson’s 1921 scheme for a rural Oxbridge quad. Its use of handmade brick, timber and larch cladding puts it well within the Arts and Crafts language of the school while remaining rigorously in its period. The £7.5m cost was financed predominately through a bank loan.
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