Joseph Hood School
London Borough of Merton
To ensure maximisation of playspace and efficient internal circulation, the project also involved the demolition of two poorly performing 1960’s flat roofed classroom blocks. In total, there was 1650m2 of new build and 700m2 of retained building. The extensive site constraints combined with the location of the existing building, the position of a temporary classroom block (which was to be kept in use during the construction phase) and the requirement to minimise tree removal led to the proposed extension taking an L-shaped form which wrapped around the existing school building and featured a new private courtyard. The materials used and building forms were carefully chosen to reflect the existing conditions whilst using modern detailing and constructional techniques.
The refurbishment element of the project focussed upon the creation of an EYFS cluster in the existing building, grouped around a dedicated EYFS playground. The School’s original hall was refurbished and extended into to provide BB99 compliant Reception-year classroom space from the original undersized classrooms. The remainder of the hall provides break-out space for all pupils, and the remainder of the existing school provides spacious ICT, Library, Extended Services and Staff accommodation.
Natural light and a passive environmental strategy was developed from the conceptual design stages to create bright and open teaching areas and achieve excellent levels of thermal comfort and daylighting in classrooms.