Benefits

The Centre for Learning will truly transform the arts at Downe House, it will also bring great benefits right across the School. This transformational project will include:

  • An innovative, contemporary library and learning centre
  • A state-of-the-art auditorium to enable us to enhance our enrichment programme
  • Flexible space for recitals, workshops, lectures, demonstrations and performances
  • Teaching and learning pods
  • Seminar spaces for debate, smaller group discussions and tutorials
  • Gallery areas to showcase the creative arts
  • A learning cafe to bring all members of the School community together for informal meetings, tutorials and discussions
  • Quiet and inviting individual study spaces
  • The auditorium providing the perfect venue for our lecture programme of visiting speakers and for us to invite the outside world into the School to enjoy school performances
  • A social space for the girls to meet, rather than having to go back to their houses
  • A visually attractive building losing the old water tower
  • The School shop
  • Naturally ventilated spaces to reduce the demand for energy use, and natural daylight will be used wherever reasonably practical
  • A thermally efficient building envelope system using low carbon energy sources for heating, and potential rainwater harvesting