The Spirit of Kings sculptural commission for the new Kings High School main building offered a unique opportunity to appoint an artist to create a permanent sculptural artwork for this prominent and highly regarded girl’s school, at a point of historical transition. The relocation of the school from Warwick Town Centre, where it retained a significant presence in a number of old and ancient town buildings, to a campus shared with Warwick School and Warwick Preparatory School on the outer edge of Warwick centre is a pivotal transformation for schools and the town. The art commission is seen as further evidence of the school’s commitment to innovation and excellence in the arts and wider cultural and creative learning.
Project One Campus sees the move of Kings High School to the Myton Road campus, joining Warwick Preparatory School and Warwick School on one spacious, green campus.
The project commenced in 2017 and will be fully completed by 2020 and will see the creation of new school buildings that have been sympathetically designed within an enhanced pedestrian-friendly campus, linked green spaces and courtyards, and new play areas for our youngest pupils.
Brand New State-of-the-Art Facilities:
The King’s High educational buildings will provide a stunning new home for our girls. As well as the main school building, the new school will also include a Sports and Technology ‘wrap-around’ built onto the existing Bridge Sports Centre.
A shared Sixth Form Centre for King’s High and Warwick School, including a Careers Hub, which provides opportunities for shared curriculum enrichment and social activities.
A purpose-built, high-tech Music School for Warwick Prep and King’s High, including practice rooms and performance spaces.
- A 3G rugby pitch for Warwick School
- Five netball and six tennis courts.
- Improvements to the Bridge Sports Centre, grass pitches and landscaping.
- Improved play space for pupils at Warwick Prep and landscaping across the campus.
- Increased parking facilities and enhanced traffic management.
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Liz Middleton is a sculptor and stone letter cutter in London.
Liz trained in fine art at the University of Derby, and stone and letter carving at the City and Guilds of London Art School. She was awarded a two year artist-in-residence studio from the Hampshire Sculpture Trust, and has exhibited sculptural and site specific installations in solo and group shows in the UK. In 2015 she was commissioned to design and carve a contemporary grotesque for the St Georges Chapel at Windsor Castle and became a Yeoman Mason.
Liz is also a long term studio member of architectural design practice Heatherwick Studio, founded by Thomas Heatherwick CBE, one of Britain's most significant designers. Since 2006 Liz has provided and cared for the studio's infrastructure (archive, buildings, facilities, support staff and systems), lead the development and production of the studio’s only monograph “Thomas Heatherwick: Making” published in 2012 by Thames and Hudson, and first solo exhibition “Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 2013.
Nicholas Hare Architects is an award-winning design practice. We enjoy working collaboratively to create exemplary architecture: buildings that create a sense of place, that are sustainable both environmentally and socially, and that achieve good value for our clients through rigorous attention to detail.
The ‘One Campus’ designs developed with Arup are far-reaching and involve a re-configuration of the whole campus to become a greener, safer and altogether more attractive environment. Proposed buildings will include a new main building for King’s High School, a new music building, additional facilities for sports, art and design technology and a new sixth-form centre, which will be shared with Warwick School.
The project will be phased, with completion planned in 2020.
We are proud that our model of the Music Auditorium at King's High School in Warwick has been selected to feature in this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
The new Music Auditorium sits at the heart of the 'One Campus', our masterplan for Warwick Independent Schools Foundation. The scheme co-locates King's High School for girls with Warwick School and Warwick Preparatory School on the same Myton Road site.
The Summer Exhibition runs at the Royal Academy on Piccadilly between 12 June and 19 August 2018.