Rugby School

Rugby School, one of the oldest independent schools in the UK, needs no introduction. Renowned not only for being the birthplace of rugby football but also for its fabulous architecture, and more recently the creation of its ground breaking philosophy ‘The Whole Person, The Whole Point’, Rugby is unquestionably one of the leading schools in the country for generations past, present and future.

TaskSpace were honoured to be asked by Rugby to evaluate and redesign their 6th form facilities, based in the Collingwood Centre, which had been identified as underutilised and no longer designed for purpose.

Rugby wanted to create a space that supported integration between boarding houses, and bring students together in a stimulating environment that would boost their academic culture.

After a masterplanning exercise that involved indoor and outdoor spaces, TaskSpace proposed that phase 1 of the project should consist of a newly-designated High Focus Study Room and the associated study corridor.

An important part of the design process involved asking a working group of 6th formers to contribute to the project, (compiled from students that were going on to study interior architecture and design at university), giving the students a unique opportunity to hone their craft in practice.

As part of the works to the study corridor, given that it was a main thoroughfare, TaskSpace designed and installed a configuration of decorative acoustic panels, sympathetic with the heritage of the building, which help reduce the considerable echo around the space.

The refurbishment was carried out through the summer holiday period, and the school are delighted with the results of adopting an interior design & build approach to the project.

Now the works are complete, TaskSpace are delighted to be continuing with the design of the next phase of the 6th form project.