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Edgars have been working with Radley College on the preparation of a Masterplan, looking to fulfil and deliver the aspirations of the College for the coming years.
One of the most notable issues identified were the deficiencies of the College Chapel, in terms of seating capacity, lighting, heating and acoustics. The College was founded on a Christian ethos with daily, whole school attendance at Chapel at the heart of the school life. However the Chapel was no longer able to accommodate the whole school or hold services effectively and with the expansion of the College to include additional bursary and scholarship places these issues would become more acute. After assessing many options, an extension to the Chapel was identified as the best way to facilitate the expansion of seating and other necessary improvements.
Purcell Architects, specialists in extensions and alterations for listed buildings and a historic building advisor, were appointed following a design competition and Edgars worked alongside Purcell and Heritage Collective, as Heritage advisors on the project.
Two pre-application submissions were made where the principle and design of the alterations and extension, and the justification for the project were discussed with the Vale of White Horse District Council and Historic England. Edgars worked with Purcell, Heritage Collective and the College to put together a statement of case and the public benefits associated with the project. Eventually it was agreed that the public benefits of the proposals, outweighed the ‘less than substantial harm’ to the heritage asset in accordance with the NPPF.
Planning permission and listed building consent were both granted in August 2018.