On Friday 16th September, Professor Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice-Chancellor of Southampton University officially opened The Gregg School’s new teaching facility, Hart.
The Gregg School is an Independent day school in Southampton. This beautiful school is set within 23 acres of private landscaped grounds and the existing school teaching facilities were, in the main, provided within a converted Georgian Manor House. The continued success of this popular school has meant that the existing teaching facilities were rapidly becoming insufficient for its needs and there was a requirement to provide additional teaching facilities within the grounds of the school. Rollalong were instructed to provide a practical, ecological and aesthetically pleasing building solution to meet their requirements.
Named in tribute to the School’s former Headteacher, Roger Hart, and in recognition of the many deer which roam their picturesque grounds, the new Hart building provides five Science Laboratories, a Food Technology suite, four classrooms for English and a large atrium area for Performing Arts.
Hart, which replaces temporary single storey buildings, will enable The Gregg School to set aside rooms of historical significance within the main building, Townhill Park House. Located directly in woodland, next to a purpose-built badger set, cameras have been installed as part of a wildlife monitoring programme, enabling students to study not just the badgers but a host of other wildlife including owls, bats and deer. There’s even a specially-constructed Stag Beetle habitat!
The location was chosen primarily to avoid any impact on the Grade II Listed gardens which were designed by Gertrude Jekyll, one of England’s foremost garden designers.
The spectacular new building has been constructed to strict ecological guidelines, including PV Cells on the lower roof to help generate electricity and a Passive Air Ventilation System to control the internal temperature. Students in the school’s Eco Group have been actively involved in the project, visiting our Rollalong factory where modular elements were constructed and viewing the building during its various onsite construction stages.
Headteacher, Mrs Sheri Sellers, has praised the new building: “We are extremely excited about HART and its contemporary space that now resides beautifully in our Arboretum. The design-phase of this extended project highlighted the careful consideration we had to pay to our Grounds’ unique ecology and listed status and I am pleased that we have exceeded those strict environmental criteria that were given to us.
The result is a beautiful space within which our students can study. Every classroom has direct access or views to our woodland/gardens which make educational opportunities in an `outdoor classroom` immediately accessible.
Indeed, the ‘feel’ of the building is one of space, calm and of bringing the outside, inside. We considered colours carefully and aimed for peaceful tones that enhanced the view of our rare trees, turning each view out of every window into a work of art!
I have no doubt that this development will further serve to enhance the outstanding educational experience that we offer here at The Gregg.
Our teaching staff love their new classrooms, as do our students – last week I was told that that even the deer were trying to get in to our new Head of Science’s laboratory!”.