Set within the picturesque grounds of the old Bailey of Marlborough Castle, Marlborough College is one of the most successful co-educational independent boarding and day schools in the UK.  In order to improve the proportion of female students at the school, the College has embarked on the construction of Dancy House, an additional boarding house for female boarders. The new building will provide bedrooms for 70 pupils, a range of communal, kitchen and dining spaces with associated facilities.

The design takes into account the character, massing and quality of the town of Marlborough, as well as its immediate context within the College grounds which includes buildings dating back to 1723. Like many of the surrounding listed boarding houses, there will be generous circulation and shared spaces, and an informal structure of spaces to strengthen the building’s character and sense of home.

Its form is arranged around an external garden, encouraging a visual relationship between spaces and an intelligent arrangement of uses. Common areas are located on the ground floor with direct access to an outdoor courtyard. Quieter study spaces are located in the west wing, close to staff areas. The dining and kitchen area is made accessible at the centre of the plan, to encourage it to become the heart of the home. The upper floors consist of suites accommodating up to five pupils, defined by their year group, each with their own communal spaces to foster joint activities and interaction.


Marlborough College
Project manager
Allies and Morrison
Structural engineer
Fluid Structures
Services engineer
E3 Consulting Engineers
Principal designer
Scott White & Hookins


2054 sqm
Wiltshire SN8