Royal Military School
The Duke of York’s Royal Military School in Dover is a co-educational, exclusively full boarding Academy school for the children of serving military officers posted overseas. The school was transferred to Academy status in 2010 prior to which it was run by the Ministry of Defence. The school has a long military history, with the site at Dover having been first developed for the school in 1909.
Extending to 56 hectares in total the school site represents a significant land holding. The core of development is made up of a framework of existing buildings centred around a series of eight ‘H’ block dormitories situated in a crescent following an east / west alignment. Many of the buildings across the site are statutorily listed and, given their proximity, many are deemed to be curtilage listed.
dha worked with BAM Construction and Scott Brownrigg Architects to secure planning and listed building consent for:
- The demolition of 6 blocks of existing non-listed teaching accommodation and 1 curtilage listed teachers residence.
- The erection of a new sports hall building including the formation of a single storey link to an existing remodelled curtilage listed building.
- The erection of 2 new 2 storey teaching blocks to the east and west sides of the existing small square.
- The erection of 4 new 2 storey junior boarding houses to form a series of courtyards.
- The erection of a 2 wing, 2 storey extension to the recently constructed Centenary House.
- Remodelling of the existing curtilage listed stores building to accommodate a new medical centre.
- Remodelling of the existing 1960’s rear infill to the listed School Block with a single storey brick and glass element.
- Minor external repairs and removal of internal partitions within the dormitory ‘H’ Blocks.
- Provision of 169 parking spaces.
The scheme proposed a significant improvement to the character and setting of the listed buildings through the removal of more modern elements and the provision of sensitively designed and well located new teaching accommodation. Dover District Council were supportive of the scheme and granted planning permission in November 2012.
For more information please contact Simon Moon.