The unrivalled aesthetic appeal, functionality, and cost effectiveness of Marley’s Canterbury handmade clay plain tile, has made a significant contribution to the success of a building project after being specified as the ideal roofing solution for a Grade II listed school in Horsham, Sussex.
The timeless beauty of the handmade Marley Canterbury clay plain tile is on display at Christ’s Hospital School following the completion of a major extension project. However, as the school was on its present site since the 1890s, and as a Grade II listed building, it was paramount that any developments also integrated into the existing complex of listed buildings.
Over the years the main route of access to the school had changed, which saw NRAP Architects called on to develop a single, largely symmetrical building fronting the approach road, positioned to create two new external spaces. These newly formed spaces would be used to offer a state-of-the-art teaching and catering facility, while the second space would create a new entrance court that would be used to welcome staff, students, and visitors.
This saw NRAP Architects propose a series of linear gable-ended pitched roofs, with tile to brick upstand junctions at each end, to house the kitchen, with the plant within the roof space above. While chimneys at the end of each gable, run perpendicular to the dining hall and front the public spaces and classrooms. In addition, under roof-lit vaulted ceilings, face the approach road.