SIR SYDNEY CAMM SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY
Claremont Fan Court School, Esher, Surrey

Client | Claremont Fan Court School
Status | On Site

Claremont Fan Court School is a private School located in Esher, Surrey and is situated within a site containing Grade I listed buildings and a Grade II listed landscape. Prior to becoming a School, the mansion house, built in 1774, was home to, amongst others, Lord Clive of India and Queen Victoria. Notable architectural contributions to the site have included Sir John Vanbrugh, Capability Brown and William Kent. Taking on the next phase of development, Fletcher Crane Architects were engaged by Claremont Fan Court School to design and deliver the Sir Sydney Camm Science & Technology building; the first phase of a long term masterplan. 

The new building provides ten subject specific classrooms set over two levels. Sitting on the cusp of a slope, the building sets a refined and controlled precedent and architectural language for the remaining masterplan; a tectonic inspired by the mansion house. A gestural, double height dark brick colonnade stretches across the principal elevation and the building faces onto a generous central plaza, emphasising the civic-like presence of the new construction. The repetitive vertical articulation, creating depth and relief, wraps around the whole building and helping to define entry points where bronzed framed glazing panels contribute to a mature aesthetic. The main entry leads into a generous, double height foyer space with seating and a concrete staircase. Internally, polished concrete floors, timber panelling and exposed servicing all contribute to a comprehensive and confident aesthetic. The adjacent landscaping and reinforced planting help to settle the proposal within its context.

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STABLE COURT
Claremont Fan Court School, Esher, Surrey

Client | Claremont Fan Court School
Status | Planning

Claremont Fan Court School is a private School located in Esher, Surrey and is situated within a site containing Grade I listed buildings and a Grade II listed landscape. Prior to becoming a School, the mansion house, built in 1774, was home to, amongst others, Lord Clive of India and Queen Victoria. Notable architectural contributions to the site have included Sir John Vanbrugh, Capability Brown and William Kent. Stable Court, built in 1844, is Grade II listed and houses the Preparatory School. The refurbishment and significant extension represents the second phase of development at the School to be undertaken by FCA.

The listed building will be fully refurbished with an amended and highly efficient layout, providing first class teaching facilities for the Preparatory School. Within the main courtyard, non-original and ad-hoc structures will be demolished to make way for a wrap around insertion; a cloistered scheme that will provide a cohesive and intimate teaching environment as an extension to the heritage setting. The proposals utilise a lightweight timber structure where the ensued cloister spaces create a processional walkway from which classrooms are accessed. The cobbled central courtyard, as a result, becomes a focused space for gathering and congregation. The external articulation is subservient and composed against the host building which is finished in timber and metal detailing. Finally, a music pavilion, situated within the Walled Garden, adds to the range of facilities available to pupils.

THE CALLS
Leeds, Yorkshire 
AJ International Competition: Winner

Client | CITU
Status | Competition

“This delicate rib cage of a building was the judges' unanimous winner. The proposals aim to repair the historic urban fabric. A large sloping underside provides cover for the riverside public area beneath.” 
Richard Waite, Architects Journal

The Loom is conceived as an apparatus for weaving local businesses into a collective, landmark structure. The design approach enables the scheme to have iconic status both locally and throughout Yorkshire giving business' a wider presence throughout the region. The proposed waterfront cafe on site, along with the retention of the existing restaurant will complement the business hub, providing an alternative venue for meeting, networking and relaxing. Opening up the water front will create a destination point and meeting place for Leeds, attracting people to the area and facilitating exposure for local business. 

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DESIGN TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP
Claremont Fan Court School, Esher, Surrey

Client | Claremont Fan Court School
Status | On Site

Claremont Fan Court School is a private School located in Esher, Surrey and is situated within a site containing Grade I listed buildings and a Grade II listed landscape. Prior to becoming a School, the mansion house, built in 1774, was home to, amongst others, Lord Clive of India and Queen Victoria. Notable architectural contributions to the site have included Sir John Vanbrugh, Capability Brown and William Kent.

As part of the first phase of development, a new design technology workshop extension has been completed, as an additional teaching space to the refurbished historic workshop. Connected via a bridged link, the new teaching space positively contrasts the host building but subtly references the articulation on the original facade. The industrial character defines the overall tectonic quality of the building where the side facades are clad in a bronzed expanded metal and are deliberately evocative of a workshop environment. The main entrance wall is framed and fully glazed creating a dramatic picture window of activities within. Internally, the blockwork walls, polished concrete floor and steel structure are kept raw and exposed.

ST MARK CHURCH HALL
Teddington, Greater London

Client | St Mark Church, Teddington
Status | Tender

The articulated form succeeds in creating a contemporary proposal within a conservative suburban setting. The church hall promotes a positive future branding and formal identity for the church which was developed with the input of the congregation and supported at both public consultation and local authority level.

The final building form was developed to reflect the function of the internal spaces whilst optimising the use of natural light and control of solar glare. By creating volume where required, thus minimising the amount of construction material, the cranked plan encourages informal congregation within the church grounds and a cafe or public interface which engages the streetscape. To the rear, community rooms and associated facilities are housed within a larger massing volume. The building will be constructed using a steel portal frame and finished in vertical timber cladding and translucent polycarbonate panels. The building allows the walls to be finished in standardised, uncut ply sheeting. A pre-assessment BREEAM rating of Excellent has been achieved.

FROG CAPITAL
Kings Cross, London

Client | Frog Capital
Status | Complete

FROG required the reconfiguration and re-imagination of an existing 6,000sqft office building in the heart of London's Kings Cross. The brief was to refurbish their unique premises situated in a secluded, backland triangular mews court. The design proposal was split into two programmes that sought to rationalise the clients existing operation and provide a truly flexible and efficient multi-tenanted layout. 

The first element of the proposal aimed to sympathetically upgrade the office facilities and provide much needed additional meeting space, whilst allowing the day to day business operation to continue. To enable the full potential of the narrow floor plan to be unlocked, a playful canopy was developed to enable an existing gallery space to be converted into five new meeting rooms, all overlooking the leafy courtyard. The end result delivers a high end boutique office and working environment. 

CROSSFIT 2012 STUDIO
Ember Court, Surrey

Client | Crossfit 2012
Status | Complete

CrossFit 2012 have worked with FCA to develop a new gym base. The location is Imber Sports Club within the existing steel rugby stand. The unique stadium structure is used to house a new internal cross laminated timber core. Insulated, the proposal is clad in both a solid and translucent corrugated product. At each end of the structure, rodeca walls with a picture window provide ventilation to the activity areas. Changing rooms and associated amenities are combined within plywood clad box within the main extruded space.

CITU HEADQUARTERS
Leeds, Yorkshire

Client | CITU
Status | Concept

CITU have engaged FCA to design proposals for their new commercial premises on the outskirts of Leeds. Part of a wider masterplan, the scheme is built with component parts by their own factory. The output from the factory will be used to build low energy housing adjacent to the site. 

The proposal combines a timber and polycarbonate cladding within a traditional commercial form. The premises is split into two distinct zones. The larger factory space is housed within the rodeca clad structure. A central street corridor creates a place of meeting; a mediatory zone between the factory and offices. This area is clad in a vertical natural timber where double height spaces are expressed within the external form. A picture window opening with CITU branding creates a bold entrance to the facility. 

TOR CAFE + RECEPTION
Maidenhead, Berkshire

Client | Rockspring
Status | Complete

A new reception space with associated cafe and meeting spaces is proposed in Maidenhead. The existing reception space is large and lacking human scale. FCA have proposed three cross laminated timber books housing room for meetings, touch down break and a main cafe space. The boxes provide intimacy and semi private spaces to be used by any member of the premises. Cross laminated timber furniture is topped with marlomeum in a deep red finish. Carefully selected light fittings drop through each box and veiled curtains are provided for sun shading. 

LATCHMERE PAVILION
Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey

Client | Kingston Little League
Status | Planning

Working in conjunction with our clients, the proposal seeks to be an important element integrated into the local park. The building form is evocative of a traditional pavilion where an external corridor links a sequence of independent activities. The covered walkway fronts onto the key sports pitches providing shelter and viewing spaces. Internally, building zones are located and orientated relative to their use. Discrete shuttering is used in the punctured windows on the facade. Internally raw and exposed materials such as concrete floated floors, OSB and block work are used. 

The simple, floating, origami inspired roof form provides shelter within its cloister like space. The pitched roofs are sympathetic to the neighbouring buildings and surrounding context. Most importantly the scheme aims to be an exemplary piece of architecture specifically for public use.

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WHITE SPIDER CLIMBING CENTRE
Surbiton, Surrey

Client | White Spider Climbing
Status | Complete

Fletcher Crane Architects designed a new reception space and amenities within London's newest climbing centre. Conceptually, the scheme aimed to use pure, simple, raw, and often cheap materials to achieve a convincing industrial feel. The reception area included bespoke seating and a reception table lined with back lit Rodeca panels. 

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