Barton Science Centre shortlisted for award

Tonbridge School’s Barton Science Centre has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award celebrating architectural excellence.

The Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards are one of the industry’s leading events, recognising creative, innovative and sustainable work in design, engineering and construction. 

Opening for teaching in January 2019, the Barton Science Centre, pictured above and below, has placed science and technology at the heart of school life. One of the most ambitious developments to happen on the campus since the first science building was constructed in 1887, the three-storey centre combines new classrooms and latest technology with many original architectural features.

Named after British organic chemist Sir Derek Barton, an Old Tonbridgian who won the Nobel Prize 50 years ago in 1969, the centre is helping the school to realise its ambitions of stimulating future generations in their studies and inspiring many to embark on scientific careers.

The Barton Science Centre was officially opened in March by NASA astronauts Dr Michael Foale CBE and Dr Steve Swanson. 

The architect for the building was BDP. 

The Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards ceremony, where overall winners will be named, will take place in London on Wednesday 11 September.

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