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The Simon Smith Building

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23rd Jul 2013

Civic Trust Award, Brighton College

This excellent building is very carefully considered in all aspects and provides a successful social environment for Brighton's boarding community to meet and relax. No such space existed before and its contribution to the school's community life has been great.

Facilities include a health centre, café, an exterior piazza area with seating and amphitheatre, staff common room and boardroom. Set within a conservation area, the simple linear building adjoins the Grade II Listed C19th Abraham boarding house to form the edge of a new courtyard, the Woolton Quad.

The high quality detailing throughout the building has clearly been the subject of a great deal of care and materials have been chosen that echo those of the adjacent older buildings, further binding the Simon Smith Building into the existing campus of the school. All spaces are generously day-lit using large windows and roof lights, carefully sized to maximise day lighting and natural ventilation, without necessitating mechanical ventilation.

About the award

Launched in 1959, the Civic Trust Awards is one of the oldest built environment award schemes in Europe. From cafes and churches to housing and hospitals, the Civic Trust Awards have rewarded over 6,500 projects which have made a difference to local people and their communities by providing the design and facilities which have made better places for people.

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