Queen Marys High School was one of only a few grammar schools across the country that were allocated government funding as part of the first phase of the Selective Schools Expansion Fund.
The school dates back from the Tudor period, when Queen Mary I founded a grammar school in 1554 located in an old town guild-hall on Church Hill, in the centre of Walsall. The current, Grade II listed school building was designed by local architect Edward Adams and it was built in 1849. It sits opposite Hatherton Lake and within Walsall's Arboretum Conservation Area.
The site is extremely constrained and challenging, but the opportunity to add to this historic site has been hugely exciting. Our proposal adds five new build classrooms, fronting Lichfield Street and connecting with one of the schools existing buildings. Using a combination of brickwork, cast stone and polycarbontate the design takes a modern twist on the architectural vocabulary of the site and surrounding street.