Cranleigh, Surrey

Cranleigh School has commissioned a design by Allies and Morrison for a new teaching building and cafe. Located within the established historic campus of this independent boarding school, the proposal redevelops and expands four disused squash courts. Using this building as a central core, the design innovatively wraps modular, flexible teaching accommodation over two floors around its masonry elevations. Within the existing building, the generous proportions of the squash courts are exploited to create unique student social spaces, connected to the school’s history.

The new building is composed in lightweight steel and engineered timber, intentionally distinct from the masonry of the existing. The building’s facades are clad in timber, including its pitched roof derived from the unique form of the squash courts. The larch facade is referential to historic agricultural buildings in the area, while precise and refined detailing in anodised aluminium creates a familiar building that is completely contemporary in its context.

Economic to build, the architectural language relates directly to its construction, using modular building elements to define its character, maximise its efficiency and ensure its future adaptability. High levels of insulation and natural ventilation throughout create a building that is highly sustainable.

As part of the strategic plan for the campus the new teaching space will allow Grade II listed boarding houses to be returned to their original use. The new building is positioned to complete and frame a new court for the campus which will form Cranleigh’s new academic heart.


Cranleigh School
Project manager
Synergy LLP
Allies and Morrison
Structural engineer
Ryan Associates Consulting Engineers
Services engineer
Method Consulting LLP


2,525 sqm GIA
Surrey GU6