London Borough of Southwark
- Shortlisted under the Education category for the New London Architecture Awards, 2018
- Local Authority Building Control Excellence Award Winner, 2018
Our design has a strong civic frontage which celebrates learning yet also includes some characterful aspects to reference the primary age children including splayed windows, colour and manifestation. The context of the neighbouring Scandinavian churches has, at the request of the end user, informed the proportion and scale of the elevation and the internal material palette for the school. Internally the new school is set around a “heart space” which provides a range of different uses and activities during the day to support learning. Out of hours this space also offers added value to the local community. The “heart space” contains an important curved staircase specifically to respect the children and for them to use and enjoy. The “heart space” also links through and has views into a new large external courtyard. Direct access leads to the hall space which functions as a dining hall and can host performances, exhibitions and other events for the school or the community.
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.
Photography by ©Hufton+Crow and John Kees Photography