Client: Cranleigh Preparatory School / Blue Forest

Architect: Tate Harmer Architects


Designed with Tate Harmer, the new teaching building at Cranleigh Preparatory School will provide a healthy, natural learning environment for the school which will work with, and improve upon, the circulation and functionality of the wider campus and capture the ethos of the school; ‘a soul and spirit that inspires’.

The new building will provide eight new classrooms for science, design and technology, home economics and year four. The site is situated at the heart of the school, and we have taken this opportunity to improve the wider circulation and provide a new drop-off and teacher / parent meeting space. The circulation areas within the building are all covered external spaces, in line with the school’s philosophy of healthy outdoor living, minimizing climate controlled corridors. The brick base of the new building provides these covered ‘cloister’ spaces, with a floating timber canopy above relating to the mature trees around the site.

As part of the civil design for the project Engenuiti assessed the existing drainage network on the site and established what runs could be used post development and which needed to be removed. We designed new foul and surface water lines to pick up the outlets from the proposed building and provided hardstanding build-ups to meet the architects required finishes.

Engenuiti are providing structural, civil and advanced timber engineering services.