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Lambeth chooses four for new primary schools

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Four well-known practices have been selected to design four new primary schools in Lambeth, south London, subject to approval from education and employment secretary David Blunkett.

The council confirmed to the aj that bdp, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Penoyre and Prasad and Shepheard Epstein and Hunter have been chosen, but refused to say which practice was working on which of four schools the competition found consultants for. The schools in question are:

New North Lambeth - an expansion and refurbishment of the existing school to provide a new 420-place primary

New Clapham - a similar project but adding capacity to nursery provision and space for visually impaired pupils

New Tulse Hill - a new 420-place primary school which is to replace the existing building as a 'centre of excellence' for children with hearing impairments

New Crown Lane - a new 420-place primary school to replace an existing building.

All the above projects will include alterations to the building fabric to provide full accessibility for children of all mobility levels.

Fifteen architects were selected for a final shortlist from over 50 applicants and teams were interviewed over three days after a public exhibition. Lambeth said it was part of a 'radical new agenda' and had proved its commitment to high quality by hiring advisors - Sir Colin Stansfield Smith and Rory Coonan, former arts council architecture chief. Both were impressed by the quality of teams they interviewed with governors.

The borough is intending to close eight primary schools and two special schools to make way for the new-look facilities and Blunkett is expected to rule on the move later this month.

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