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Avery aims to replace Bancroft's Brutalist school - images

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Avery Associates has unveiled this design for a potential replacement to John Bancroft's 1960s Brutalist Pimlico School in Westminster, central London (below).

Avery was commissioned by a local community group in Pimlico to create a design for a new 1,200-pupil school that will meet the requirements of the government's Building Schools for the Future plan.

Bancroft's building is set to face the wrecking ball after years of speculation over its future.

A host of top names has tried to save the school, including John McAslan, structural engineer Alan Baxter and building services guru Max Fordham.

Bancroft's concrete and glass structure has been the focus of community groups' ire for many years, and after it was revealed that the building was suffering from a number of defects, Westminster Council decided to flatten the building.

According to Avery Associates, the new design follows Cubitt's 'Pimlico Grid', with the site being set out over a block plan.

by Richard Vaughan

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