We’re excited to share the sneak preview of the design for the new Design Technology & Engineering Building at Stowe School. The scheme which has now been submitted for planning consent has been designed by architects Design Engine following an invited design competition in 2016.

The new building at Stowe will serve as the creative hub to introduce pupils to modern design and manufacturing skills and sit alongside and support the other STEM subjects of science and mathematics. Stowe has established itself as the country’s leading school for Robotics and this new facility will embrace developing technology in Mechatronics, Computer Aided Design, Computer Aided Manufacturing, Computer Aided Engineering, 3D printing and other cutting-edge technology.

For the last three years the Design and Technology Department at Stowe have been awarded the Good Schools’ Guide ‘Excellence in Product Design at an English Independent School’ in recognition of its outstanding exam results. However, the current facilities which were built back in the 1950’s are now inadequate for their increasing requirements.

MEA is honoured to have worked with Stowe School for over 15 years on a variety of projects within the historically recognised Grade 1 listed building and grounds of the Stowe House site formerly the seat of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos.

David Gausden, Director at Design Engine, said:
“We have been working closely with engineers Buro Happold to explore how the building can serve as an educational tool, to illustrate how different materials are employed as structure and fabric. The interior of the building will be developed to reveal how materials are connected, and how spaces are serviced. We hope the building will fuse the act of drawing and making, helping to inspire a new generation of creative individuals and problem-solvers.”

Dr Anthony Wallersteiner, Head, Stowe School, said:
“The Design Technology & Engineering Centre at Stowe is unashamedly modernist, but follows classical principles; it is bold and innovative, but sits discreetly in the sylvan landscape. The architects of Design Engine are following in the footsteps of Adam, Kent, Borra, Soane and Gibbs. I am confident that Design Engine will produce a superb building which will in turn take its place among the architectural wonders of Stowe.”

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