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vHH scoops planning for pair of school schemes

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] London’s van Heyningen and Haward has won planning for two school projects

At St Patrick’s school in Camden, the practice has drawn up a scheme combining demolition, new build and refurbishment work.

The design includes a new double-height studio space and an extension to the primary school’s main entrance.

The second project to scoop planning is a new drama building at an independent girls’ school in Wokingham, where the practice has already completed a library and music school.

The building will house a 179-seat auditorium, a dance and drama studio, a workshop, classrooms, and offices.

The new timber-clad drama building will be linked to the existing school by a glazed foyer.

Chris Wilderspin, partner at van Heyningen Haward, said: ‘We’re delighted to achieve planning consent for two sites which each have their own very different challenges. Luckley House School has stunning grounds and a listed house which forms the core of the School. We wanted to design something distinctly modern which also sympathised with the setting.

‘By contrast, St Patrick’s site is extremely restricted, meaning we had to be creative in thinking about how to release more space, and to design something that would be palatable to the local residents.’

Project data

St Patrick’s School

Location Camden, London
Type of project education 
Client London Borough of Camden / RC Diocese of Westminster
Architect van Heyningen and Haward 
Start on site date August 2014
Completion date March 2015
Total cost £800,000

Drama building, Luckley House School

Location Wokingham, West Berkshire
Type of project education
Client Luckley House School
Architect van Heyningen and Haward
Start on site date August 2014
Completion date August 2015
Total cost £3.5million

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