Westminster School breaks ground on campus in China

WCN Editorial Team 10 Apr 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Westminster School, an independent day and boarding school in London, England, has broken ground on a new campus in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province.

Designed by Broadway Malyan’s team in Shanghai, Chengdu Westminster School is set for completion in 2020.

It will be operated by Chengdu Westminster Technology Company and has been designed to accommodate more than 2,000 students across a 100,000m² campus.

Westminster School UK is located within the 10th century Westminster Abbey in London, a short distance from the House of Parliament.

Chengdu Westminster, an all-through boarding school, will focus on STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) for Kindergarten to age 18, with additional focus on music and drama.

The campus will include a ‘West End’ standard 1,000-seat theatre, as well as art and music pavilions with modern facilities, including a black-box theatre with retractable seating for 300 and various art exhibition halls. The school will also have 70 music practice rooms.

The orientation of the three major arts buildings and the dining hall create Little Dean’s Yard at the heart of the campus that references the quad at Westminster School.

Entry to the campus will be via an arrival plaza in front of the theatre on the western edge of the site. The theatre, pavilions, dining hall and sports hall will form a west-to-east spine across the campus, with orientation and architectural typology inspired by Westminster Abbey.

The four stone-clad buildings have been inspired by the Abbey and will use the same language of monolithic stone elements.

The boarding houses on the eastern edge of the campus have been designed with the pupil’s well-being in mind, with each broken down into a series of ‘family’ groups.

Each house will have its own front door that will lead to a shared ground floor with kitchen, gym, study room and lounge, all leading to a courtyard to create an active social hub.

The teaching buildings will be largely red brick with pitched roofs and dynamic brick and glazed gable walls, referencing Victorian school houses.

The buildings will be linked by a learning resource spine over two storeys that runs along the north-south axis of the campus, binding the different teaching and learning zones together.

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Image: Chengdu Westminster education in Shanghai. Photo: Courtesy of Broadway Malyan.

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