Royal National College: Gardner Hall

This second phase of development for the RNC included the refurbishment, conversion and extension of an existing building on the campus, to create an access and assessment centre, a new conference facility, a café and 21 rooms of hotel accommodation.
Client Royal National College for the Blind
Location Hereford
No. of Bedrooms 21
Status Completed July 2009

Gardner Hall is located within the campus of the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford. The building incorporates two single storey extensions to the east and west of the main building, with a west facing terrace to the large lawn.

Royal National College for the Blind Gardner Hall - RNC - Midas Willmore Iles Architects

The scheme was specifically designed to meet the requirements of prospective students who visit the College to carry out an assessment and who all  have varying levels of visual impairment. The design ensures the acoustics and internal finishes are sympathetic to these needs and incorporates subtle tactile and aural indicators to aid orientation and navigation, while avoiding an institutional feel.

The design also ensures improved internal circulation. It splits the building between sleeping accommodation on the upper floors with the conference, event facilities and administrative functions on the ground floor.

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