Leonard Design to secure future of Notts College with ambitious masterplan

Leonard Design Architects has been working with St John’s School of Mission in Bramcote to create a masterplan for the college estate. The plan will enable St John’s to develop its various training programmes for students preparing for a range of Christian ministries within and beyond the church.

The masterplan, which has now been approved by Broxtowe Borough Council, proposes 25 houses and 15 flats for the site. The sensitively and carefully designed layout focuses on maintaining privacy for the college as well as respecting the beauty and importance of its history.

Leading the project for Leonard Design Architects, David Leonard said his practice had approached the project with a clear aim to facilitate the future development of the college while sympathetically reimagining how parts of the site could be used.

He said:

“As a practice with world-wide experience that we apply locally, we always begin work on our projects with a flexible and deliverable mind set. We listen very closely to our clients’ needs and regularly sit down with them to make sure our plans are consistently in line with their vision.

“With St John’s, we bought our European expertise to the client and approached the college’s situation with a sensitive and deliverable solution. We suggested building more houses on the site than originally proposed, set around a generous green space, with an improved setting for the listed building and putting the college and the students at the heart of the masterplan.”

The money which the college will make from the development will be reinvested in the modernisation and refurbishment of its Academic Block, and will support the future work of the college, against a national backdrop of significant change and challenge for ecclesiastical colleges.

The developer for the scheme is Willmark Homes. Director Ian Jowett added:

“The project comprises of a well imagined site layout, interesting materials and resources and most importantly high-quality houses and flats that we are very excited to start working on.”

Principal of the college Revd Dr David Hilborn said:

“St John’s has a rich history of educational innovation and adaptation and this exciting scheme will enable us to provide a future-focused training experience for our students as they are formed for service in the church and the wider community.

“It has been a great pleasure to work with Leonard Design on a project that will transform our campus to the benefit not only of college, but of Bramcote. Their professionalism and attention to detail have been truly exemplary.”

Work to transform the St John’s site through Leonard Design’s masterplan is scheduled to start in summer 2017.