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AOC bags planning for Spa School extension

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[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] AOC has landed planning for this extension to Spa School in Southwark, London

As part of the Southwark BSF programme, the project involves a school extension and refurbishment to the 136-year-old site situated in a conservation area.

The new building will provide two floors of teaching space, including six classrooms, a drama hall and a science lab arranged around a central skylit stairwell. A small orchard is also planned as part of the development.

AOC director Tom Coward said: ‘The extension is part of a whole campus masterplan and provides a new civic frontage onto Monnow Road articulating the form and rhythm of the original school buildings and integration with subsequent piecemeal developments on the site.’

Local resident groups have objected to the new buildings height, design, its impact on daylight and sunlight to nearby homes and fears of increased traffic congestion as a result of expanded pupil and staff numbers.

The Spa School is for young people aged 11-19 who have Autism or Aspergers Syndrome.

Work is due to commence in August 2010.

Project Details

Architects: AOC
Location: Monnow Road, Bermondsey, Southwark, London
Type of Project: School Extension and Refurbishment
Structural Engineers: Gifford
Project Architect: Trevor Brown
Design Team: Tom Coward, Geoff Shearcroft, Gill Lambert
Client: 4Futures
Gross internal floor area: 734 m2 (new build area only)
M&E consultant: Buro Happold
Quantity surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall
Lighting consultant: Buro Happold
Main contractor: Balfour Beatty

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