Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form College, Norwich

Located in a Grade II listed former fire station building, the Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form school planned to be the UK’s first mathematics and science sixth form. BSD was appointed to provide full M&E design services to transform the building into a suitable space for education.

The design had to be modern and efficient, whilst remaining sensitive to the history of the former Bethel Street Fire Station, with all main architectural features retained. The project team had to work within the constraints of a listed building and coordinate services distribution around unusual spaces.

The original steel Crittall windows had to be retained and refurbished, as well as the bi-fold timber doors enclosing fire tender bays. This limited space for the implementation of a natural ventilation design strategy.

Our focus was to work around the existing building. As a result, most of the original features have been retained as a reminder of the building’s original use. BSD provided a design that upgraded the existing heating, cooling and ventilation systems, incorporating all general cabling containment and emergency lighting, including power, fire alarms, security, and LV supply infrastructure.

As well as a fully functional maths and science sixth form, the building benefits from a café with a multi-purpose hall for assemblies, lectures, and performance students. The local community also use the facilities, continuing the building’s long history of public service.