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Cardinal Hume Catholic School

Completed in 2007, Cardinal Hume Catholic School is an impressive comprehensive school for 11-18 year olds. In recognition of its exemplar design, the school has been awarded with both RIBA and Hadrian awards.

A mature and collegiate environment was achieved by designing the new building around a large central atrium, providing a dynamic, flexible, and lively space. A key circulation space and focal point within the main building, the atrium is a hive of activity. It provides a space for eating, teaching, performing, assemblies, and exhibitions. Considered use of light, space and colour create inspiring areas in which to teach and learn.

In order to deliver the project on a complex site, which included quarries and mine shafts, quarry stones were excavated and reused in an innovative landscaping scheme. Located in a prominent position, the new building also includes a tower to provide a landmark feature for its surrounding community.

Sustainable features include vertical solar control louvres to prevent heat gain, floor-to-ceiling glazing to maximise the use of natural daylight, and environmental chimneys to provide natural ventilation.

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CLIENT:

Cardinal Hume Catholic School

LOCATION:

Gateshead

STUDIO:

Newcastle

TYPE:

New Build
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VALUE:

£24m

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Complete