Proposed masterplan for King’s High School site in Warwick revealed

Proposals for the historic King’s High School site in Warwick have been revealed.

Friday, 19th July 2019, 11:51 am
The King's High School sign in Warwick. Photo by Gill Fletcher.

Last week staff and pupils at the school bid farewell to their town centre location after 140 years and have now moved to a new site in Banbury Road – the same site as Warwick School and Warwick Prep.

Now the old school site, which spans two-and-a-half acres between Smith Street, Chapel Street, Chapel Place, Priory Road and The Butts, is due to be transformed into housing.

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The King's High School sign in Warwick. Photo by Gill Fletcher.

Paul Phillips, of Wake Green, said: “We propose to develop a really wide range of residential homes that will appeal to a wide range of buyers who are looking for new modern homes or interesting historic conventions.”

Landor House, the Cottages on Smith Street and the original Victorian school buildings would be converted into houses and apartments.

The newer buildings, including the gym and sixth form building on The Butts and the languages building on Chapel Street are proposed for demolition and replacement with basement parking and apartments on the main school site.

The proposed masterplan of the King's High Site. Image from architects Corstorphime + Wright.

The 1960s Priory Building on Chapel Street is proposed to be demolished and replaced with five townhouses.

The Victorian school building on the corner of Chapel Street and Chapel Place would be converted to two two-storey townhouses.

The creative arts building on Priory Road would be part demolished to reveal the original school building and a new residential apartments building would be developed to the side.

The former King's High School site buildings in Smith Street.

“In addition to this we plan to remove the buildings that detract from the conservation area and replace these with high quality new apartments and town houses.”

Wake Green intend to present its proposals to community in the near future.

The former King's High School buildings at the top of Smith Street.

“We are planning to mail-drop residents and invite them to presentations of the scheme. We will also display plans at a prominent building in Warwick town centre shortly.”

It is hoped that a planning application will be submitted in September.