Claremont Fan Court School, Esher, Surrey

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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.

Photography by Nick Kane