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Changing approaches to teaching methods and an emphasis on making better use of sites and buildings can lead to the need for significant development proposals for schools and colleges. Education buildings are often located in sensitive and historic landscapes or close to housing where issues of visual and traffic impacts may need to be addressed.

Our work extends from the preparation of campus development frameworks to planning applications for schools and colleges.

Our skills include:

Strategic development and campus frameworks

Planning applications

Permitted development

Policy development and advice

Stakeholder and public consultation

Our Projects

Winchester College

Balancing development aspirations with historic and environmental objectives

Client: Winchester College

Adams Hendry prepared a Campus Conservation and Development Framework for Winchester College using a team of specialists to prepare a forward looking plan for the College’s historic Campus. The Framework is intended to provide flexible but comprehensive guidance to meet the College’s needs over the next 10 to 15 years extending over the 60ha Campus. It will enable the College to plan ahead with confidence, allowing it to meet the educational challenges of the future alongside the stewardship of a fine and valued historic and natural environment. An extensive public consultation exercise, presentations to local authority members and meetings with key stakeholders allowed a robust and rigorous analysis of the Framework, which has culminated in a general endorsement of the document, by Winchester City Council.

Following this, Adams Hendry has gained the relevant consents to allow a number of those sites identified for development to come forward. This includes a replacement PE Centre with sports hall, swimming pool and fitness centre, which is currently under construction; an extension to the Grade II listed New Hall; and the development of replacement housing at Ridding Court through a combination of new build and conversion of existing properties amongst others. In each case, we also organised and prepared the consultation material for exhibitions with the local community.

Pilgrims School, Winchester

Sensitive solutions for progress and change

Client: Pilgrims School

Adams Hendry laid the groundwork for the submission of a planning application and scheduled monument consent application by the school’s architects for a new two storey extension to the Pilgrims’ School, a boys’ preparatory school.

Key issues considered as part of the work included overcoming strict national and local planning policies concerned with proposals adjoining scheduled monuments; the School’s character and setting within the Winchester conservation area; the location of the development adjacent to listed buildings including some which are Grade I listed and the setting of these listed buildings; high archaeological potential and flood risk.

Brockenhurst College

Meeting development needs sustainably

Client: Brockenhurst College

Adams Hendry was appointed by Brockenhurst College to submit an outline planning application for a new campus on their existing site within the New Forest National Park. The development was needed in order to improve the quality and capacity of facilities to enable the College to meet the wider demands of the curriculum offered to students. The scheme comprised the demolition of the majority of the existing poor quality and unsuitable buildings and replacement with 22,500sqm of modern, fit for purpose accommodation.

Sherborne School

Securing a sustainable future for the School

Client: Sherborne School

Adams Hendry worked with Sherborne School to assist with development opportunities for its indoor sports provision, improvements to the School’s boarding houses and other developments around the School’s campus. Located close the centre of the historic town of Sherborne, Dorset, Sherborne School is one of the oldest independent schools in the country. We worked closely with the School’s appointed architects and other specialists to gain planning permission for extensions and improvements to the School’s indoor sports centre, which is also used by the local community. Construction is currently underway.
In addition, we gained the necessary planning and listed building consents to allow the School to progress its programme of improvements to its boarding houses, and successfully gained planning permission for a new boarding house for future expansion of the School.

Dean Park Ground, Bournemouth

Securing the future of a historic former cricket ground and pavilion

Client: The Park School / Dean Park Nursery

Adams Hendry were appointed to secure a change of use and subsequent consents at the former Dean Park Cricket Ground to allow the conversion of the Grade II cricket pavilion to be used for a children’s day nursery, with outdoor play areas. In addition, we successfully gained the necessary consents for a multi-use games area around the sports ground for Park School.


Debra Ivory or Emma Barnett  01962 877414 | d.ivory@adamshendry.co.uk or e.barnett@adamshendry.co.uk