London Borough of Southwark
- Shortlisted under the Education category for the New London Architecture Awards, 2018
- Local Authority Building Control Excellence Award Winner, 2018
The Albion Street neighbourhood in which the school is located is undergoing regeneration; and our school sits centrally within this forming a key part of the masterplan. To give the school a strong civic street frontage, the community use/administration elements of the school were positioned along the pavement line with fenestration at ground level, animating the façade, creating an active streetscape.
Internally the school is set around a “heart space” which provides different activities to support learning. The “heart space” contains a feature staircase specifically for the children to enjoy. Many of the children from the school live in flats and don’t have their own stairs and when they do experience stairs they are poor quality stair cores in housing blocks, we wanted a space that showed we are proud of the children and what they achieve. The “heart space” also links through and has views into a new large external courtyard.
The project has been extremely complex due to the site constraints including the phasing to keep the school in operation throughout construction and the unavoidable building over a TFL Tunnel. Skilful co-ordination and effective detailing ensured this is has been a seamless process.
We have an excellent partnership with the school and this has enabled us to build a high quality school that makes a strong contribution to the area and the local community. The regeneration of Albion Street is a key priority for Southwark Council and our school is pivotal to its success.
Hufton + Crow
John Kees Photography