Headington School, The Hive, Oxford

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Headington School, The Hive, Oxford

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Headington School, The Hive, Oxford

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Headington School, The Hive

Headington School is an independent school in Oxford. Founded in 1915, the private day and boarding facility has an intake of 1,020 girls aged three to 18. With a reputation as a school that nurtures and entertains its pupils whilst achieving excellent academic results, a new cross-circular learning centre, ‘The Hive’, has been built to foster student creativity.

The split-level building is designed to facilitate studies with an emphasis on sustainability, technology and enterprise. Its upper floor contains three fine art studio and two textile rooms. Each of the four areas features a double height ceiling and windows large enough to fill rooms with natural daylight. This was key to imbuing each studio with a sense of space in which students’ creative thoughts were free to fly.

The Hive’s ground floor is equally as inspiring for the artistically minded. It includes a 3D engineering workshop, a kiln room, a traditional dark room, a lens studio and a 150-seat lecture theatre. This level also features gallery space for students to exhibit the results of their creative learning. For a key aspect of the building’s construction, IG Masonry Support was chosen by contractor Beard Construction to supply its industry-leading brick-on-soffit solution to facilitate a corbelled design at the Hive’s window heads.

Project Details


Lyons & Sleeman & Hoare


Beard Construction

IG Products


Welded Masonry Support


Oxford, UK

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