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RHWL wins planning for Jewish secondary school

RHWL Architects has won planning permission for a new Jewish secondary school in Barnet, north London.

The £40 million Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) will provide places for 1,310 Jewish students 'of all backgrounds' aged 11 to 18, and will also include a 50-place special unit for children with 'severe and complex disabilities.'

According to the practice, the school has a 'flowing canopy' that links the educational, religious, special needs and community functions of the school.

The 14,500m2 school will include playing fields, a sports hall, arts and leisure facilities and even a hydrotherapy unit.

The practice will use a mixture of stone, brick, glass, timber cladding and render. Jonathan Fingerhut of the JCoSS Trust believes 'the overall effect will be magnificent.'

'Within the tight budgetary and funding constraints imposed on us by the Department of Children, Schools and Families, RHWL has managed to create an imaginative and practical scheme,' said Fingerhut.

RHWL's principal director Grant Wood said: 'We are delighted that all the dedicated hard work of both the JCoSS Trust and our fellow professionals has resulted in planning consent.

'We look forward to developing the aspirations of this Pathfinder parent-trust school towards a successful opening in 2010.'

by Richard Vaughan

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