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Jestico + Whiles' reworked Mossbourne Academy plans approved

Jestico + Whiles’ reworked plans for an 800-pupil school near Well Street Common in Hackney, east London

The practice’s original proposals for the Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy - an offshoot of the Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners-designed Mossbourne Community Academy - were revised following criticism from Hackney Council’s design review panel earlier this year.

Expected to start on site this autumn, the new school will overhaul an existing Grade-II listed, French Hospital building (completed 1865) in Victoria Park Village and add a new four-storey block housing a sports hall and assembly facilities.

Jude Harris, associate Director at Jestico + Whiles said: ‘We have worked closely with the client and local authority to design a building which is sympathetic to the site and its heritage status alongside the aspirations of Mossbourne Community Academy.

‘We are extremely pleased to have received consent for the scheme and we strongly believe it will provide an exceptional education facility for the community of South Hackney.’

Councillor Rita Krishna, cabinet member for children’s services at Hackney Council said: ‘Despite this being an immensely complicated project involving a compact site and a listed building, with a very limited budget from the government, we’ve been able to adapt the plans to take on board residents’ concerns. I hope this means we’ll be able to satisfy both residents living near the site and the families who desperately want reassurance that there will be a good, local school to which they can send their children in years to come.’

Academy will open for its first cohort of students in September 2014.

Jestico + Whiles' Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy project in London

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Jestico + Whiles’ Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy project in London

Previous story (AJ 10.06.2013)

Jestico + Whiles submits Mossbourne Academy plans

[First look] Jestico + Whiles has submitted plans for an 800-pupil school near Well Street Common in Hackney, east London

The proposed Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy is planned as an offshoot of the highly successful Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners-designed Mossbourne Community Academy which opened in 2004.

The project, located a short distance from Mossbourne’s existing Hackney Downs base, includes new buildings and the conversion of a Grade II-listed Gothic hospital.

The 1865 building will feature the school’s library with its former chapel converted into a multi-functional drama space.

Jude Harris, associate director at Jestico + Whiles said: ‘We have worked together to design a building which is sympathetic to the site and its heritage status alongside the aspirations of Mossbourne Academy. We strongly believe it will provide an exceptional education facility for the community of South Hackney.’

The proposals were revised following criticism from the local authority Hackney Council’s design review panel.

Construction is planned to start on site in the autumn and the new school is expected to open in September 2014.

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