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sea is involved in education through teaching, practice training and educational building projects. For example, repeated commissions for the Haileybury and Imperial Services College include boys' and girls' boarding houses, a swimming pool and a technology teaching facility. Other current educational clients include the Larmenier rc Infants' School in Hammersmith and the Cordwainers College in Hackney. Funding is still sought for the Mahasaraswathi Educational and Ecological Foundation bioclimatic mud-brick school complex in Andhra Pradesh.


The college teaches the craft of leather work: footwear, accessories and saddlery. Originally a Victorian girls' school, it had a number of later, uncoordinated additions. sea began by developing a masterplan for the Hackney campus. The learning space and the facilities will be increased by one-third, and the campus's operational effectiveness will be improved. The first phase will provide a new entrance, reception and exhibition facilities. The refectory will be extended and lecture facilities upgraded. Future phases will involve a new library tower and reconstruction of the central block. Work will begin in 1999.

Engineer: Whitby Bird & Partners

Quantity surveyor: Spicer Partnership


This project commenced with developing a detailed brief and assisting the school, with which sea has an ongoing relationship, with a fundraising appeal. The 1200m2 building, based on environmental principles, has been designed to a tightly controlled budget but with a flexible concept permitting easy extension when more funds become available. sea's aim was to create an exciting teaching space. The building, as an example of appropriate technology, is there to inspire innovation among the students. A 750m2/£680,000 phase 1 begins in June.

Structural engineer: Kashec Consulting Engineers

Services engineer: Max Fordham Associates

Cost consultant: Spicer Partnership

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