Camden Council is recruiting an architect to transform the former home of Maria Fidelis School into a new £3.66 million construction skills centre for central London
The team chosen for the estimated £132,000 contract will draw up plans to regenerate the Edwardian school building (pictured) on North Gower Street which neighbours land earmarked for the expansion of Euston Station to accommodate a new HS2 terminus.
The project is part of a minimum 10-year meanwhile use strategy for the site which will be vacated in August when Maria Fidelis relocates to a new £18 million campus on nearby Phoenix Road designed by Jestico + Whiles. Tony Fretton Architects completed a feasibility study for the project earlier this year.
According to the brief: ‘The main school building is a 3-storey, H-shaped block, with various single and 2-storey buildings across the site and a playground/sports court area to the rear. The main school building was built in the early 1900s. The total area of the site is approximately 0.63ha with the existing buildings extending to approximately 3,847m².
‘The spatial requirements for the Construction Skills Centre is a minimum ground floor footprint of 68m² for a building to achieve the workshop and teaching accommodation requirements. Additional outside space of a minimum of 700+ m² would be necessary to undertake external training. The contract will be for a period of six months commencing on March 2018.’
Originally known as the Exmouth Street School for partially blind children, the landmark school building was built on a north-south axis and features a rooftop play area along with ground floor open spaces. Alongside the three-storey main building – the compex features a gymnasium, 1950s extension and two-storey portacabin.
The meanwhile use project will transform part of the site into a new home for the borough’s construction skills centre which is currently based in Kings Cross. The historic main school building will be converted into managed workspaces and pop-up retail while new open green spaces will be created fronting Hampstead Road.
The deadline for applications is 12noon on 30 January.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
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