William Birch worked with Bootham School and the Project Team to develop a new art and music facility at the heart of the existing school campus. The new building, with a glass link to a listed Assembly Hall, sits central to the school's teaching facilities and offers the following accommodation:
- Flexible art teaching spaces for traditional activities alongside textiles and digital media
- A café and generous shared spaces for art display
- Music teaching rooms alongside a recording studio and rock centre
- A flexible performance space seating 105 people
This project was at the heart of the school campus and also adjacent to local private residents. To minimise any impact on the school and the local residents we worked closely with a local resident liaison panel, held weekly progress meetings with the Deputy Head to discuss the impact of construction activities and we also introduced quiet times recognising that the school is a Quaker School.
The project has incorporated sustainable principles such as a green roof, solar chimneys providing natural ventilation, solar PV and rainwater harvesting.