Dancy House Plans
Plans for the construction of a sixteenth boarding house to accommodate 70 girls have been agreed and Dancy House will move to its new and permanent home in September 2018.
Dancy House opened to admit Shell girls in September 2016, based in the Hermitage, with the plan always to move to a purpose-built house in due course. With the “official” opening of the house now planned for Michaelmas 2018, this news marks a truly exciting development in Marlborough’s co-educational story.
The site for the new house, known as the Elmhurst triangle, is opposite the Memorial Hall and benefits from direct links to the school campus. The new-build Dancy House will be created in a ‘U’ shape with two wings; one facing the Memorial Hall directly, and the other slightly inflected to address the Mound and the Chapel. These extending wings enclose a south-facing garden, which creates a beautiful space for the enjoyment of the girls of the House. The building’s position has been carefully determined to protect the existing vistas of the site.
The appearance of Dancy House will be deeply rooted in the architectural history of Marlborough Town with its clay tile roofs, dormer windows and red brickwork, together with the quality and character of the College buildings of Court, Elmhurst and Barton Farm. These influences will be used to create a beautiful contemporary building that is intrinsically connected to its location. A building which has respect for the past but provides an inspiring statement for Marlborough College in the 21st century.
Dancy House remembers the innovation of John Dancy (Master 1961-1972) whose initiative it was to introduce 15 girls into the Sixth Form at Marlborough in 1968. It also honours the work of his wife, Angela, whose hard work made this bold move a success.
About Allies and Morrison
The architects, Allies and Morrison have a range of experience in the independent education sector especially of integrating new buildings into historic campuses. Their practice portfolio is highly acclaimed and they have won a number of prestigious awards including Building Design: Magazine Education ‘Architect of the Year’ and ‘Masterplanning Architect of the Year’ in 2014 and the Architects’ Journalawarded the practice the ‘AJ120 Practice of the Year’ Award in 2015.
Thirty-nine of their completed projects have won RIBA awards and they have twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize – for the revitalisation of the Royal Festival Hall in 2008 and for New Court Rothschild Bank in collaboration with OMA in 2012.