[First look + plans] Bond Bryan has completed this £7.6 million sixth form block for Phoenix High School in Shepherds Bush, London
Constructed from in-situ concrete, the scheme features vertical timber panels repeated at random intervals and framed with vibrant colours (see AJ 22.07.2009).
Jeff Stibbons, director at Bond Bryan explained: ‘This is a complex design that had to work within the constraints of a Conservation Area.
‘Phoenix High School is a former failing school now ranked as outstanding and our design had to reflect the fact that the school will now encourage even better performances from its pupils aspiring to study A Levels in the new building.
‘Most gratifyingly, I have been approached by a number of pupils who, on learning that Bond Bryan designed their new building, have said they would now be interested in a career in architecture, simply because they find the building so inspiring.’
The school’s head teacher William Atkinson added: ‘The design creates an uplifting and stimulating environment by introducing a vibrant concept that motivates learners.
‘The aim of the school is to inspire its pupils and our new Post 16 Centre was designed to achieve this. This has created a visual beacon for the school and the wider community; it is a cathedral for learning.’
The post-16 centre building was designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.