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Jestico + Whiles' east end secondary welcomes first students

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Jestico + Whiles has completed the new £23 million Cardinal Pole Catholic School, part of Hackney’s phase 2 Building Schools for the Future programme

The 9,470m² scheme in east London unites the school’s lower and upper schools onto a single site and has capacity for 1,050 students.

The architect’s view

A new three-storey building has been devised around the school’s new education and pastoral care system, which is based on three “learning communities” and an area dedicated for sixth form, each named after the Patron Saints: Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Josephine Bakhita, and Sir Thomas More. Each community has been assigned an independent ‘wing’ to house specific teaching spaces, learning resource centres and social areas, whilst also acting as a pastoral base. These spaces are interconnected by a generous central ‘street’, which provides natural light and ventilation whilst encouraging circulation and social interaction between pupils.

In response to the busy urban surroundings of the site, a bold elevation has been maintained to the west to form a strong building edge along Morning Lane.  This allows for the creation of one main entry set back from the site boundary and a welcome plaza in front of the entrance, above which the floating chapel is positioned to symbolically shelter the entrance. Beyond the building edge, Jestico + Whiles’ design also incorporates secure courtyard recreation areas on the east side of the building, to provide a sheltered external environment for the students and a multi-use games area on an upper plateau of the site.

The building is mainly composed of red brick with brick detailed recesses, banding and openings. Additional details include composite aluminium and timber windows with opaque back-coloured glass spandrel panels, curtain walling on the entrance and courtyards, and a series of timber cladding to the chapel and Assembly hall.

The site presented a number of challenges, including the need re-divert an existing road to create a sufficiently sized site. Jestico + Whiles was also faced with the channel tunnel rail link running 30m beneath the site, the London Overground railway just 4.5m from the building to the north and an urban acoustic environment, which demanded attenuated natural ventilation by means of motorised high level windows and foam lined air intake bulkheads.  The building’s renewable energy is derived from a large air source heat pump located at roof level.

Jestico + Whiles Cardinal Pole School in Hackney

Jestico + Whiles’ Cardinal Pole Catholic School in Hackney

Project data

Architects: Jestico + Whiles
Location: 205 Morning Lane, E9 6LG
Type Of Project: voluntary aided secondary school (1,050 pupils)
Structural Engineers: Mouchel
Project Architect: Jestico + Whiles
Design Team: PLACE landscape
Client: Mouchel Babcock Education (LEP)
Funding: BSF
Tender date: September 2009 (J+W appointed)
Start on site date: October 2010 (Enabling Works)
Contract duration:
79 weeks
Gross internal floor area: 9,470m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: D&B Contract (PfS model for LEP)
Total cost: £23.055m        
M&e consultant: 
Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor: Sweett Group
Planning supervisor: Mouchel
Lighting consultant: N/A (Max Fordham and Jestico + Whiles)
Main contractor: Mansell
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: ADT, Alifabs, Alpharail, Ancon, Armashield, Ascot Signage, BBESL, Bison, British Thronton, Brooksby, CAICE, CEI, Coopers, ECA, EDSL, Horohoe, Kingspan, London Wall, Maple Sunscreen, Sapphire Balustrades, Surespan, Tubular Erectors, Velfac
Annual co2 emissions: 20.34 kg/CO2/m² (B rated EPC)


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