The Royal High Junior School, Bath

“Throughout the many sensitivities of the planning and conservation processes, the design team never lost sight of the most important people in all of this – the pupils”

Rebecca Dougall – Head teacher, The Royal High School, Bath

Cranwell House is a Grade II-listed Victorian mansion house set within a significant historic landscape in the World Heritage City of Bath and is home to The Royal High Junior School.

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios were appointed to sensitively refurbish the main house, reinstating the principal rooms of the house as new teaching spaces and introducing a contemporary and sustainable extension building within the immediate context of the listed building and the wider parkland setting.

The project provides an extraordinary place of learning for 4 to 11 year olds, with exciting specialist teaching spaces, multi-purpose hall and associated support spaces across the new and existing buildings. These facilities are set within a safe, ecologically diverse site offering wonderful opportunities to the children for outdoor learning.

The lighting design reflected the client’s aspirations to create a soft, non-threatening environment for young children to learn in. Moving away from traditional ways of lighting educational spaces, One Eighty Light chose a more organic approach by incorporating concealed, direct and indirect lighting and feature pendants throughout the space.

Client: The Girls’ Day School Trust
Architect: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
Location: Bath

Construction Value: £3.8m
Completion: 2013
Lighting Supplier: iGuzzini, Artemide, Lightnet