Sanderson House

Mitchell Taylor Workshop, Bristol, 2008


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The larch cladding juxtaposes the stone wall of the school 

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  • The larch cladding juxtaposes the stone wall of the school    
  • Sanderson House, a boarding house for girls at Badminton School    
  • Piers Taylor    
  • The front entrance of Sanderson House    
  • Natural ventilation through openable windows    
  • The austere facade is alleviated by solar shading    
  • Solar shading on the facade    
  • View back out through the solar shading of the facade    
  • Interior circulation where the two wings meet    
  • View of Sanderson House from the north-west, showing the residential context    
  • Views out across Bristol    
  • The subtle curved detail of the second floor is marred by the awkward suspended ceiling    
  • Landscape plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First and second floor plans    
  • West elevation    
  • Elevations    
  • Section E-E    
  • Section D-D    
  • Section though wall    
  • Section through cladding    

Boarding house for Badminton School for Girls, Bristol, with dormitories, staff apartments and two en-suite rooms

The building had to accommodate 94 three and four bedroom dormitories, four staff apartments and two 'gap year' en-suite rooms. It also houses laundry rooms, kitchens, common rooms, offices and social and storage spaces.

The conservative nature of the surrounding architecture lead to the pragmatic form of a three-storey rectilinear building. A permanence, requested by the client, was given to the building with a larch cladding, which has a 75 year life expectancy. Sustainable measures were taken to provide natural ventilation and lighting.

The plan formed in two wings with circulation and social spaces functioning where these wings meet, with full height windows providing views over Bristol.


  • Begun: Jul 2007
  • Completed: Sep 2008
  • Floor area: 1,909m2
  • Sectors: Residential, Education
  • Total cost: £2.8M
  • Procurement: Traditional JCT ICD 05
  • CO2 Emissions: 34kg/m2/year
  • Address: Badminton School, Westbury Road, Westbury-on-trym, Bristol, BS9 3BA, United Kingdom

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