The site was constrained by its size, and the existing school has been developed piecemeal, with an array of separate buildings spread across the site. The somewhat ad-hoc arrangement of these buildings fragmented the external space, creating pinch points, blind spots and underutilised spaces.
Our proposal to build a new four storey teaching and learning block on Greenford Road created an opportunity to demolish some of the smaller blocks, thus creating more external space and a more rational layout. The positioning of the new gymnasium and the reuse of the small hall were key design decisions that unlocked the winning layout that reduced the school from 12 buildings to six key buildings. The new layout was developed from the brief and through feedback from the client engagement sessions.
The new school is made up of clearly defined faculties and clusters that simplify way-finding in this large school.The new teaching block provides the school with a clear entrance leading to the other campus buildings andthe teaching spaces adopt a regular pattern allowing for flexibility in the future.