Founded in 1864, Summer Fields is a full boarding and day school for 8-13 year olds with an outstanding record for winning scholarships to public schools such as Eton, Harrow, Radley and Winchester.
Corstorphine + Wright was appointed to design a new pavilion for the school, providing expanded and new changing facilities, along with a new flexible teaching facility that doubles up for functions and events associated with sports and parent engagement.
The new pavilion supports the school’s commitment to nurture the boys academically, morally, spiritually and culturally, helping them to discover talents and values that not only prepare them for the next stage of their education, but stay with them for life.
The building responds to the existing school grounds whilst generating a striking architectural response strong enough to stand up on its own merits. It is contemporary in design, yet blends within the campus and the wider context of Oxford thanks to the selected palette of high quality, natural materials.
The first floor flexible teaching space, equipped with AV, offers access onto an external terrace overlooking the first team pitches, providing an elevated platform to showcase the school’s sporting activity, meanwhile, the light, bright interior is also designed around viewing the external spaces, with large areas of glazing, external terraces and overhanging eaves to provide both solar and weather protection.
The integration of renewable technologies has ensured that the building is both sustainable and efficient to run.