"If I could insist upon one thing for this project, it would be that there should be all manner of incidental places to be – places to sit, to draw, to fall in love, to do all the things that happen when you are at Bedales that make it such a wonderful place to be." Matthew Rice, chair of the governors, Bedales School
Bedales School has been shortlisted for the RIBA Client of the Year Award, to honour the key role that a good client plays in the creation of fine architecture.
Tom Jarman, Partner at FCBStudios and project lead on Bedales School Art and Design Building, said: "The manner and spirit of the conversations with Matthew Rice, chair of governors, and others at the school was so influential – it was a co-authorship in the truest sense. It is a building after a philosophy of being – the ethos of the school is manifest throughout."
FCBStudios client Manchester Metropolitan University won the prize in 2014 following the completion of its Business School and School of Art buildings. The 2017 Award will be announced at the Stirling Prize ceremony on 31 October.