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Haverstock completes three Southwark schools for £31m expansion

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Albion Primary School, Robert Browning Primary School and the Belham Primary School are part of a programme of regeneration and expansion for Southwark Council that includes six schools

Haverstock has brought together three architectural teams – itself, Cottrell & Vermeulen and Maccreanor Lavington – on a series of distinct designs responding to individual contexts.

The £31 million Primary Expansion scheme has taken place alongside another £30 million scheme, which has seen Hawkins\Brown revamp four schools and design another two, for which the go-ahead was given back in 2015.

Albion Primary School

03 Albion Primary School Hufton Crow

03 Albion Primary School Hufton Crow

Source: Hufton + Crow

The Albion Street neighbourhood is undergoing regeneration, and the new school is designed as a key part of the masterplan. The community use/administration elements of the school were positioned along the pavement line to create a ‘civic frontage’ with fenestration at ground level to animate the façade.

Internally the school is set around a ‘heart space’ which provides different activities to support learning. This space contains a feature staircase specifically for the children to enjoy (Haverstock observed that many of the children from the school live in flats and don’t have their own stairs) and it also links through and has views into a new external courtyard. Construction phasing was required to keep the school in operation throughout construction and to deal with building over a TfL tunnel.

Albion School Drawings 3

Albion School Drawings 3

Location plan

Project data (Albion)

Start on site September 2014
Completion 
January 2018
Gross internal floor area (post completion) 3,218m2
Form of contract Design and Build
Construction cost £17 million
Architect 
Haverstock
Client 
London Borough of Southwark
Structural engineer 
Watermans Group
M&E consultant Watermans Group
Quantity surveyor/cost consultant Keegans
Landscape architect Wynne-Williams Associates
Acoustician Hann Tucker
Project manager MACE

CDM coordinator
 Frankham Consultancy Group
Building control London Borough of Southwark 
Main contractor Morgan Sindall
CAD software used 
Revit
Annual CO2 emissions 9.8kg/m²

Robert Browning Primary School

02 Robert Browning Primary SchoolHufton Crow

02 Robert Browning Primary SchoolHufton Crow

Source: Hufton + Crow

Robert Browning has undergone refurbishment and extension works to facilitate expansion. The school remained fully operational throughout the works, and the extension was designed to respond to the existing school in a clearly contemporary way.

The extension links into the existing building at ground, first and second floors, and has a new platform lift which provides full accessibility to the school. The school also allows for community use after hours for local residents.

Redesigning the existing external areas and the provision of new areas has brought a range of landscape solutions, maximising the use of external space on a tight urban site.

Robert Browning School Drawings 4

Robert Browning School Drawings 4

Location plan

Project data (Robert Browning)

Start on site August 2014
Completion January 2018
Gross internal floor area 2,512m² (post completion)
Form of contract Design and Build
Construction cost £6.5 million
Architect 
Haverstock
Client 
London Borough of Southwark
Structural engineer 
Watermans Group
M&E consultant Watermans Group
Quantity surveyor/cost consultant Keegans
Landscape architect Wynne-Williams Associates
Acoustician Hann Tucker
Project manager MACE

CDM coordinator
 Frankham Consultancy Group
Building control London Borough of Southwark
Main contractor Morgan Sindall
CAD software used 
Revit
Annual CO2 emissions 10kg/m² 

The Belham Primary School

01 The Belham Primary School Simon Kennedy

01 The Belham Primary School Simon Kennedy

Source: Simon Kennedy

The Belham project centred around the restoration of a Grade II-listed London Board School, noted by Historic England as a seminal piece by architect ER Robson.

Bellenden Primary School, which was originally accommodated in this building, left in the 1980s when the building seemingly no longer suited their needs, only to be housed in a brand new school which has more recently been demolished given its poor construction. It recently moved into a new building as part of the six-school scheme completed by Cottrell & Vermeulen. Dulwich Hamlet Educational Trust saw the inherent quality in this original Victorian School and worked alongside Haverstock on the project.

Alongside remedial works to restore the listed fabric, the scheme has inserted into this context a three-storey contemporary extension, conceived as a perforated Cor-ten box on top of a simple brick plinth. Planners and Historic England agreed to the extension provided it referenced the listed building’s scale while being appropriately subservient to the original building.

The Belham Primary School is a free school for 420 pupils which is now the second school for the Dulwich Hamlet Educational Trust. It is based in the heart of Peckham Rye, an area that has seen rapid regeneration over the last few years. In 1997 the borough of Southwark created the Bellenden Renewal Area centred around the parade of shops on Bellenden Road. As a result the high street is now host to many independent shops and distinctive street furniture. The school assumes a prominent site on Bellenden Road, therefore is a significant part of its community. 

The Belham School drawings 4

The Belham School drawings 4

Location plan

Project data (Belham)

Start on site May 2014
Completion 
March 2018
Gross internal floor area 2,306m² (post completion) 
Form of contract Design and Build
Construction cost £10.3 millilon
Architect 
Haverstock
Client 
London Borough of Southwark
Structural engineer 
Watermans Group
M&E consultant Watermans Group
Quantity surveyor/cost consultant Keegans
Landscape architect Wynne-Williams Associates
Acoustician Hann Tucker
Project manager MACE

CDM coordinator
 Frankham Consultancy Group
Building control London Borough of Southwark
Main contractor Morgan Sindall
CAD software used 
Revit
Annual CO2 emissions 30kg/m²

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  • The civilised attitude of Haverstock and the Southwark planners to the extension of a grade 2 listed London Board School stands in stark - and very welcome - contrast to that of Heatherwick, Arup and the Camden planners to the remarkably clumsy and arrogant butchering of the grade 2 listed building group at the King's Cross coal yard, as illustrated in AJ Specification last month

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