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A vibrant modern extension has enhanced the traditional architecture of Kingswood School Boarding House in Bath. An independent day and boarding school for pupils aged 3-18, Kingswood is set in 218 acres of sloping countryside, and architect Mitchell Eley Gould was tasked with creating a new extension to the 19th century Middle House building, which would provide 20 bedrooms and a common room. The brief was for a modern design reflective of the school’s forward-thinking values.

The finished building is sharply angled, providing a striking aesthetic. Russwood Larch Cladding was selected for its exceptional quality and durability, and the vertical boards of the timber façade are set on battens and cross battens to project out and provide shade to the large window areas in the bedrooms. These natural vertical boards contrast with the black horizontal larch and black vertical fins, which form deep window reveals.

The most successful aspect of the development is the way in which it embraces the dramatic topography of the site, which falls three metres from the upper northern end to the south. The primary entrance to the Boarding House is situated at the upper level, with bedrooms below and a common room on the lower level giving access to the garden.

Simon Gould of Mitchell Eley Gould said: “We have used Russwood Larch Cladding on a number of previous projects and we always have a very positive experience, due to the excellent quality of Russwood’s products, the durability of the timber and the vast knowledge of the technical team. They always take time to give their expertise, and are extremely helpful throughout.”

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