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Broadway Malyan wins approval for Wandsworth girls’ school addition

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Broadway Malyan is to create a four-storey building for an independent girls’ school in south-west London after getting the OK from councillors

Wandsworth Council’s planning applications committee granted consent for the practice to deliver a 2,000m² science and performing arts block at Putney High School.

The scheme, on Putney Hill, will involve demolition of a 1970s timber-framed science building and erection of a four-storey structure to provide nine science labs, a drama studio, a music department and a forum for performance of the spoken word.

Twenty-three objections were received, voicing concerns over scale, impact on character and loss of privacy.

But planning officers recommended approval, saying in a report to councillors that the design was ‘considered to be of a high quality’.

’When viewed in a wider context, the development would not appear unduly out of keeping in an area where buildings have a range of heights, both taller and shorter than the proposed development,’ said the report.

Broadway Malyan design team lead David Spencer said: ‘This building is designed to be adaptable and flexible, future-proofing the school environment.

‘It offers several efficiencies and brings the music and drama departments together into a single home.’

Broadway Malyan Putney High School science and performing arts building elevation sketch

Broadway Malyan Putney High School science and performing arts building elevation sketch

Broadway Malyan Putney High School science and performing arts building elevation sketch

He said the proposals aimed to tie the building in with the rest of the school visually.

‘The school is a mix of eclectic architecture, from Victorian villas to 1980s Postmodern glass-and-concrete buildings, all within a single L-shaped site. Our approach was to create a reserved and elegant building that ties in with the best of the rest of the architecture, while providing a high-quality but quiet addition to the existing streetscape.’

The building will be constructed mainly from London brick, with copper cladding details alongside the principal windows.

Broadway Malyan said the south-facing façade featured a colonnade that referenced traditional academic architecture while also providing solar shading to minimise heat gain and glare while maximising daylight in the teaching spaces.

Operating as a girls’ school since the late 19th century, Putney High School was voted a Top 10 London Independent School in The Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ School Guide 2018.

Broadway Malyan Putney High School science and performing arts building early sketch

Broadway Malyan Putney High School science and performing arts building early sketch

Broadway Malyan Putney High School science and performing arts building early sketch

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