The building comes alive with dramatic possibilities

Eleanor Young, RIBA Journal

Caldicott School of Performing Arts

A new drama and music centre combines a large auditorium with teaching spaces and practice rooms. The bulk of the building is reduced by being partially lowered beneath ground level. The south elevation is fully glazed. The structural design uses a variety of materials to achieve the architectural objectives. A roof of closely spaced glulam beams contributes to the acoustics and the fair-faced brick walls are pierced to improve reverberations. A proprietary timber panel system is specially modified to form the practice rooms tower on the north-east corner of the building.

Caldicott School of Performing Arts

A new drama and music centre combines a large auditorium with teaching spaces and practice rooms. The bulk of the building is reduced by being partially lowered beneath ground level. The south elevation is fully glazed. The structural design uses a variety of materials to achieve the architectural objectives. A roof of closely spaced glulam beams contributes to the acoustics and the fair-faced brick walls are pierced to improve reverberations. A proprietary timber panel system is specially modified to form the practice rooms tower on the north-east corner of the building.