NFTS Masterplan

National Film & Television School, Beaconsfield

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The National Film and Television School (NFTS) offers exceptional education and professional training. The school has produced numerous award-winning film and television programme-makers and has a worldwide reputation.

The site at Beaconsfield consists of a variety of buildings types and ages including the main Television Studio, which dates to the 1920s. The school appointed GHA in 2005 to help develop a masterplan and vision for the future. It was the ambition of the School to build on its success and expand the range, quality and number of courses to turn the School into a ‘Digital Village’ – a community with a strong worldwide identity and state of the art teaching facilities.

GHA’s first task was to assist in shaping the organisation’s vision and giving it physical form as a masterplan that incorporated the existing campus buildings and used the architecture to support a forward-looking identity and a richly complex series of spaces that promoted a collegiate spirit.

The masterplan identified the need for a clear ‘arrival’ building and GHA were subsequently appointed to design and build the Oswald Morris Building, featuring an expressed in-situ concrete frame that incorporated reception, library, cinema, café and teaching spaces.

This project has been followed by phase two, Teaching Building and the Channel 4 Rose Building.

Awards

RIBA Regional Award 2008