The Moat, given its name as a result of the site forming part of the original Castle moat, could not have been in a more sensitive location, surrounded as it is by Grade 11 and 11* Listed Buildings and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is screened from Castle Green by a 2 metre high brick wall and is set approximately two metres below the level of the rear gardens of 28-30 Castle Street.
Nine classrooms, in three groups of three, divided by cross circulation corridors linking to two staircases to the upper rear garden level, are joined by a glazed street running east- west which also contains toilets, staff room and resources area. To create the illusion of a ha-ha from the upper levels, the roof has been grassed and when viewed from the properties to the rear, it merges with the Castle Green.
RIBA Design Award 2004
Conservation Area Award 2004