Wimbledon Chase School
London Borough of Merton
- Regional Finalist Civic Trust Award, 2013
- Finalist for BCSE Best of British Schools Award, Primary School Projects, 2012
The key to this scheme was a simple rationalisation of key stage groupings across existing accommodation, with local provision of resource and play areas, and a coordinated access strategy. These changes were facilitated by the addition of a two storey wing that compliments the existing long frontage of the neo-Victorian school building. The new wing expresses the local dialect of gable and window proportions and reinterprets these into a sophisticated yet modest masonry building; a delicate approach to the interface with existing buildings provides an opportunity to draw light and interest into circulation spaces.
The school uses a Ground Source Heat Pump allied to strategy of high thermal mass and high levels of insulation to achieve a significant reduction in carbon emissions. Natural cross-ventilation is achieved through automated high-level glazing and the fenestration strategy ensures a level of uniform natural light.
Photographs by Hufton and Crow.