Client: Royal Latin School
The new Science Discovery Centre has been successfully completed and was officially opened by Professor Lord Robert Winston. The £4m development has provided an independent suite of twelve laboratories and flexible learning spaces for independent and group based learning, together with associated support and welfare facilities. GSSArchitecture acted as Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Lead Consultants for the development, which is part of the “600 Campaign”, a major fundraising scheme launched by The Royal Latin in 2012 in order to fund three phases of improvements to facilities by 2023, for their 600th anniversary.
The new building has been designed to fully integrate with and enhance The Royal Latin in Buckingham, and the new external courtyard spaces provide a range of external learning, dining and socialising opportunities. Additionally, several areas have been carefully designed and located to benefit local community groups and will be used to provide a variety of activities.
Partner-in-Charge Tom Lyons said, “It has been a great pleasure to see the new Discovery Centre fully operational and being used in a flexible and dynamic way, which really builds on the excellent reputation The Royal Latin has for Science and Technology. The design is the first phase of a campus masterplan developed by the practice.”
Professor Winston said of the facilities, “The Discovery Centre is a magnificent building. It is certainly not just an ordinary science block - I’ve not seen anything else like it in the UK. The fact that it will benefit not only the students at The Royal Latin School but also those at other schools and the wider community is truly commendable.”
Headteacher David Hudson said, “I am really delighted to see the Discovery Centre now officially open. Our students have been excited by the prospect of these fantastic new facilities and it has been a great joy to see them already inspired by science lessons in the new laboratories. I am hugely grateful to so many parents, alumni and local businesses, all of whom have provided the 600 Campaign with wonderful support over the last three years. I now look forward to the Discovery Centre being a way in which we can enhance the scientific learning of students, not only at the Latin, but also at other schools and in the wider local community.”
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