The Cathedral Grammar School, Christchurch

The Cathedral Grammar School has opened a new classroom block that effortlessly balances tradition with forward focus.

Students heading into class at The Cathedral Grammar School’s new boys’ preparatory block are reminded of their school’s unique history every day. The school’s motto and founding date – ‘Semper Fidelis 1881’ – appear in glazing throughout the smart new two-storey building. In English, the motto means ‘Always Faithful’. It is strikingly apt for this proud independent Anglican school that has prepared generations of students for productive, engaged adult lives.

The Cathedral Grammar School has responded to damage caused by the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes in a carefully considered way. Designed by Warren and Mahoney, the new concrete and red brick classroom block completes the process of recovery and fits seamlessly with the rest of the campus.

Externally, the design deliberately references the existing buildings and historical context. In briefing Warren and Mahoney, the school clearly communicated what teachers and students wanted, and the importance of having a strong connection with the broader school environment. The timeless form is simple and efficient, with everything in the right place.

“Some of the cues for the new building were informed by the admin building, along with the library and the pre-existing heritage building and we also drew on the existing material palette of timber and brick,” notes Jonathan Coote, Warren and Mahoney’s South Island head of design, who led the design team. “From inside, there is a wonderful segregation of the view into snapshots. Each classroom is connected to the outside world.” The Window design is well-planned for natural light and fresh air. All modern services, including CO2 monitoring and fire safety systems, are of a high standard, as is acoustic performance.

The Windows & Doors:

  • Altherm Metro Series - 40mm Commercial
  • Standard Double Glazing
  • Colour - Metropolis Electric Cow - Matt
Type: Commercial Location: Christchurch Colour: Matt Metropolis Electric Cow Joinery Type: Altherm Commercial
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