Bedales Masterplan

Masterplan for school in Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Bedales had, over one hundred years, developed in an organic manner as a series of freestanding pavilions in the landscape. The school identified the need for a long-term strategy for the whole campus, and, in conjunction with our teaching and administration buildings, we gained planning permission for a masterplan for the 120-acre Bedales estate.

The masterplan identified several areas for potential development:

- A classroom extension and workshop for the preparatory school, completed in 2008

- Conversion of the medical centre into a new sixth form study centre

- A new art, design & technology building

- An extension to biology accommodation to replace a prefab laboratory

- Works to Lupton Hall, a Grade I listed building

- Landscaped gardens for the prep and pre-prep school

- A new music school comprising spacious teaching and rehearsal facilities; a designated computer room with additional workstations located in the new library; percussion, electric and acoustic guitar music provision, two larger teaching spaces; a library, listening room and sufficient instrument storage.

The Bedales ethos is firmly attached to nature: the founder of the school believed in working ‘Head, Hand, Heart’, blending practical work with intellectual and spiritual development. This was reaffirmed by the 10-year initiative called ‘Greening Bedales’, which influences the daily and long-term use of the estate.



Work undertakenMar 2005