John Simpson Architects’ New McCrum Yard Development Was Opened Today

The new development includes a series of buildings providing new schooling space forming an academic quadrangle, acting as the heart of the development. The main feature of the quadrangle is a building housing the new Debating Chamber and new spaces containing the Myer’s Collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities that were left to the school. This building forms the public entrance to Eton and greets visitors as they approach from the south. The entrance to the new quadrangle is through a giant vaulted archway from Keate’s Lane. The archway is flanked on either side by two new buildings, one for Economics & Politics and the other for the Divinity Department. The quadrangle is enclosed by an L-shaped arcaded building for Modern Languages and is completed on the south side by the Debating Chamber and Museum with its giant copper roof ornamented with acroteria. A new fountain is positioned prominently in the quadrangle and provides evaporative cooling for the new hall − the first of its kind to be used for this purpose in this country.

Source: John Simpson Architects

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