Unlocking a school campus through a new building
Project: Cranleigh Preparatory School
Location: Surrey, UK
Client: Cranleigh Preparatory School
Project Team: Blue Forest, Barton Wilmore, Engenuiti, Skelly & Couch, Creative Outdoor Spaces, HK Safety Services
Timescale: Completed - July 2018
Size: 880 m²

Our design in collaboration with design and build contractors Blue Forest delivers a new teaching building at Cranleigh Preparatory School, which provides a healthy, natural learning environment for the school which works with, and improves upon, the circulation and functionality of the wider campus and captures the ethos of the school; ‘a soul and spirit that inspires’.

The new building provides eight new classrooms for science, design and technology, art and home economics. The site is situated at the heart of the school, and we have taken this opportunity to improve the wider circulation and provide a new drop-off and teacher / parent meeting space. The circulation areas within the building are all covered external spaces, in line with the school’s philosophy of healthy outdoor living and minimising climate controlled corridors. The base of the new building provides these covered ‘cloister’ spaces, with a floating timber canopy above relating to the wider landscape around the site.


Tate + Co have suggested innovative solutions for the heart of our campus and designed a building that is architecturally interesting, functional, flexible and sustainable. It has been fulfilling and fun working with their team. ”

Michael Wilson, Headmaster of Cranleigh Preparatory School