St Paul’s Girls’ School, Hammersmith

Skelly & Couch is contributing to an innovative masterplan redevelopment for St Paul's Girls' School, one of the country’s leading independent schools. 

Horris Hill School David Brownlow Theatre

Skelly & Couch provided full environmental M&E on the David Brownlow Theatre in the grounds of Horris Hill prep school in rural Berkshire.

University of Kent - Law Clinic

Design and Build which paves way for future development at Kent Law School.

University of Kent - Cornwallis North East

Design and Build of teaching building for the University of Kent.

Holy Trinity Swiss Cottage - The Lighthouse

Known as The Lighthouse, the refurbishment and expansion of Holy Trinity Church Swiss Cottage aims to develop a multi-use community beacon on north London’s busy Finchley Road.

Rhodes House, Oxford

Skelly & Couch has completed Stage 4 design at the Grade II*-listed Rhodes House, Oxford, for a new world-class convening hub designed to encourage the global exchange of ideas across all cultures and nationalities.

Brighton College Drama School

A new performing arts hub, constructed in a tight, listed site, features a 400 seat multi-functional theatre at its core, studio spaces and high-quality circulation areas and classrooms. It has achieved BREEAM Excellent and ‘A’ EPC rating.

Continuing our longstanding collaboration and pioneering work at Brighton College, the Performing Arts Centre (PAC) marks Skelly & Couch’s third major project at the institution, following the Music School (2015) and Sports and Science Centre (2020).

PAC is part of the college's masterplan. Rising from the green campus landscape like a white chalk cliff, it is constructed in a tight, listed site surrounded by the school’s Sir Gilbert Scott-designed main building and the Sports and Science Centre.

The building is predominantly naturally lit with highly glazed foyer, classroom, and work areas, alongside studios with high-level windows, which can be blinded for specific performance needs. In the main theatre, a large oculus provides the stage and seating area with daylight.

The building primarily relies on natural ventilation, using its layout design, atrium space, and high-level openings to encourage airflow. Extensive thermal modelling ensured effective air movement and control of summertime temperatures. In the theatre, air circulation is achieved through under-seat mechanical air supply with extract at high level.

PAC uses low-carbon renewable heating and cooling via heat pumps. It stands as the fourth building on the College’s site connected to the open loop borehole system surrounding the school’s sports ground. Additionally, a large photovoltaic array system at roof level provides renewable energy, and partially powers the heat pumps.

The performance arts centre exemplifies Brighton College's commitment to excellence. It provides a cutting-edge hub that seamlessly integrates sustainable technologies, not only fostering artistic expression but also enriching the wider community for generations to come.


Press Coverage  

Dezeen - 04 June 2024


Marlborough College Science Centre

Refurbishment and update of Grade II-listed Science Buidling for historic boarding school.

Winchester College Masterplan

Skelly & Couch has contributed to all aspects of the masterplan for BREEAM ‘excellent’-graded Winchester College. 

King's School Canterbury Collection

Skelly & Couch has carried out a series of commissions for the King’s School Canterbury, within a beautiful setting near Canterbury Cathedral, a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

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