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St Martin’s Arts Centre

This new centre provides St Martin’s School with a 130-seat theatre, dance studio and flexible teaching spaces. The design was developed following a detailed assessment of the requirements of end users and stakeholders. 


The proximity of a Grade II curtilage from the 17th-century walled gardens of Malvern Hall has been exploited to give privacy and to offer a visual connection to the site’s history. 


Environmental considerations included the decision to sink the performance space into the ground; the adoption of a steel-framed, low-embodied energy design, constructed from pre-fabricated cross-laminated timber panels; and the inclusion of flat green roofs across both buildings.


Client . St Martins School for Girls

Architect . Glenn Howells Architects

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