New Atrium and Entrance – Harrogate Grammar School

Harrogate Grammar School/Red Kite Learning Trust

Bowman Riley has been providing architectural services at Harrogate Grammar School for a decade to support the school in providing first-rate learning environments. Harrogate Grammar School is a high performing academy school and sixth form with 2000 pupils.

To address the growing pupil admission requirements in the Harrogate region, the school needed to provide additional general teaching space and a new entrance. The students, staff and visitors all had to use the same narrow entrance at the front of the school, which was inadequate to meet the needs of the school.

Our design solution was to infill an external courtyard to reuse space within the footprint of the existing 1930s building. The new double-height central atrium space will provide flexible teaching and exhibition space, with three new general teaching classrooms at first-floor level. Our designs provide naturally light-filled spaces with natural ventilation to create a sustainable teaching environment.

The new accommodation will also improve circulation through the school and provide a new student-focused entrance. A key driver for the project was to improve connections throughout the existing school, therefore, as part of our designs, we reworked the existing floor levels to improve accessibility for all students.

To facilitate end-user engagement and to support fundraising, we provided high-quality presentation materials and visualisations.

The development is currently on-site due for completion in Autumn 2020.

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