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Science Centre - Plumpton College

Shortlisted for the RIBA Ibstock ‘Downland Prize’ the Science Centre is the culmination of a two-stage project, the first being a fully functioning Winery, producing wine from grapes grown at Plumpton’s own vineyards. The building provides an educational and public link to the winery, combining traditional classrooms with specialist laboratory facilities and a public events room.

The site is within the Sussex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The object of the design was to create a series of low-lying, sinuous forms to shield the larger mass of the winery backdrop beyond. An emphasis on the horizontal, with an undulating ‘green’ roof, reflects the gently rolling Sussex Downland.