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BDP completes BSF school in Teddington

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[First look + plans + project data] BDP has unwrapped this £29 million BSF school in Teddington, west London

Replacing a dilapidated school building, the 10,666m² scheme was designed without corridors as part of a bid to create an ‘open, inviting and safe environment’ for students.  

The five-storey structure features two wings of ‘flexible’ teaching space wrapped around a central atrium.

Planned for ‘shareduse’, the school building also doubles up as a public sports centre during the evenings and weekends.

The design achieved the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating and features a passive cooling system which passes air through tubes buried in the ground before supplying it to classrooms.  

Project architect Kieth Papa said: ‘We are delighted to have been able to work collaboratively with Teddington School to develop an exciting new school building which will enthuse those who use it and create a new sense of community within the school.

‘The building was always intended as a showcase for the school’s great achievements and I really look forward to going back in a year’s time to see how they have taken the building and stamped their identity on it.’

The school will be officially opened this Friday (13 May) by the government business secretary Vince Cable.


Project data

Architects: BDP
Location: Teddington, Middlesex
Type Of Project: BSF One School Pathfinder
Structural Engineers: BDP
Project Architect: Keith Papa
Design Team: Architects, Landscape Architect, C&S Engineers, M&E and Public Health Engineers, Acoustic Consultant, Lighting Consultant, Planning Consultant, and FF&E consultant - BDP; Fire Engineering – Safe Consultancy, ICT – Cordless Consultants, Transport – SK Transport, Catering – Winton Nightingale Consultancy, Security – Buro Happold QS – Davis Langdon
BDP Design Team: Architects: Malcolm D’Crus, Chris Harding, Nick Hayward, Christian Held, Annabel Lait, Rebecca Martin, Russell McDowell, Keith Papa, Bel Rivera, Jo San, Dennis Unal. Interior Design: Katherine Blankley, Lisa Colaco, Richard Cowley, Sara Gardner, Charlotte Hunter. Landscape: Molly St. George, Henry Mead, Rachel West. Structural Engineering: Paul Allen, Duncan Cox, Fraser Gillespie, Jenny Landamore, Michelle McDowell, James Mickelburgh. Environmental Engineering: Ahmed Maki, Kevin Featherstone, Umesh Patel, Clare Sheddick, Caroline Stassen, Andrew Swain-Smith, Paul Wong. Sustainability: Belinda McGahey, Ruffy Ruan. Acoustics: Paul Driscoll, Momo Hoshijima. Lighting: Daniel Hodgson, Mark Ridler, Tom Niven. Project Co-ordination: Ute Kreischer, Nicola Ravariere.
Client: London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
Funding: Government and Local Authority
Tender date: October 2008
Start on site date: December 2008
Contract duration: 19 months
Gross internal floor area: 10,666m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Two stage Design and Build with design team novation
Total cost: £29m
M&e consultant: BDP
Quantity surveyor: Davis Langdon

BDP's Teddington school project in London

BDP’s Teddington school project in London


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