• Mackenzie Wheeler Architects and Designers Education Architects Free School Convent

Chichester Free School

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Turner and Townsend


Date Completed

Contract Period
18 months

Contract Sum
£25 million

Services Provided
Full Architecture and Interior Design Services

Chichester Free School is a through school educating pupils from reception age to sixth form age.  opened in September 2018 in the former Carmelite Convent, Chichester.  Mackenzie Wheeler’s design proposals looked to retain as much of the existing convent buildings as possible. Their conversion brings a once redundant, but valuable heritage asset back into use as building of great social value. 

The design consists of a series of linear blocks, inspired by the form and scale of the existing convent. The proposal ensures that the convent remains the focus of the development, with the two wings of the new primary and secondary school projecting around the existing central block. The existing garden wall enclosing the large part of the grounds and convent building is a defining feature of the new school, tying it into the history of the site, whilst providing a sense of enclosure and security to pupils.