A specialist site for Oundle School uniting Mathematics, Science, and Design, Engineering & Technology

Oundle Scitec
Oundle SciTec

One of the largest independent schools in the country, Oundle has an established reputation for science, technology and art. The SciTec site houses science laboratories, art and design technology studios, with a 260 seat lecture theatre and library.

In addition to providing the focus for SciTec, the school brings together existing disparate elements of the site and exerts a new unifying force. It is intended to promote a sense of openness and communication within the school, fostering an atmosphere of creativity and discovery.

Key Information

Sector: Schools, Science & Innovation

Client: Oundle School

Location: Peterborough

Completion: August 2007

Size: 3,240 sqm GIA

I am very keen to champion a building we are very proud of and which elicits a huge amount of favourable comments from all who visit it.

Bob Briggs, Second Master, Oundle School

Environmentally progressive

The design incorporates photovoltaics into the roof structure over the central gallery space, providing sunshading and energy, solar thermal panels (for hot water), and the adaptation of the existing bunker to act as a cooling labyrinth drawing air into the lecture theatre, so tempering it by 3-4C.

A 560sqm lake has been created to provide a habitat for flora and fauna, and for use in academic study.


Main Contractor
Wilmott Dixon Construction
M&E Engineer
Max Fordham
Structural Engineer
Jane Wernick Associates
Project Manager
Davis Langdon
Landscape Architect
Churchman Landscape
Timothy Soar

FCBStudios Team Leads

John Southall


RIBA National Award
RIBA East Midlands Regional Award
RIBA/English Partnerships Sustainability Award: Shortlisted