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Replace a series of redundant 1970’s timber frame modular buildings with a state-of-the-art learning facility at a leading Independent Preparatory School.


  • LocationOxted, Surrey 
  • SectorEducation 
  • ClientHazelwood School


Civic Trust Awards 2019 – Finalist
G17 Awards – Winner

``The clever use of glass reflects the Main School building bringing Hazelwood's glorious past and future together. The light and space within makes it an environment in which both staff and pupils love to teach and learn. It has grace and majesty and fits perfectly into the green belt landscape which surrounds it.`` Nick Tappin, Bursar & Director of Admissions


The site was set on the side of a steep woodland bank at the edge of the existing campus which is situated in 25 acres of glorious woodlands.  

The aim was to create a modern teaching facility befitting a long-established independent school and blend it into the local rich landscape. 


The school motto is spiritu inspiratu which translates to ‘lungfuls of inspiration’. Uniting the building with its history and stunning landscape was our inspiration.  

The new three storey building was designed to wrap around the existing Victorian School in a contrasting contemporary language. It includes a music room, an art room and an auditorium to seat 450 people 

Working with the steep setting of the site, tonnes of ground was excavated to create a semi-basement, so the building appears to be two storeys in height from the main entrance courtyard and three storeys in height from the playing fields.  

The design looks to integrate as much natural daylight into the building and benefits from a natural ventilation system that utilises wind catchers on the auditoriums room terrace. Natural ventilation and light help create an environment that is intuitive to good well-being and learning. 

Established in 1890 the school is vibrant and thriving, valuing the traditions of the past and encompassing the best of modern education. Our design embraces their mission and offers students and teachers a light and air-filled space for modern teaching and enrichment.  


  • Architects: HSSP
  • Engineers: Elliot Wood Partnership Limited
  • Planning consultants: Carter Jonas LLP
  • Landscape Architects: The Landscape Partnership Limited
  • Mechanical and Electrical consultants: Engineering Services Consultancy Limited
  • Principle Contractor: MCS Construction
  • Quantity Surveyors: Goodrich Consulting LLP
  • Clients Agent: Wenham O’Brien Limited