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Buckley Gray Yeoman completes East London school addition

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Buckley Gray Yeoman has completed a new 600m² building for Forest School in Walthamstow, London

The two-storey building houses digital teaching and learning facilities.

The independent school sits in a conservation area on the edge of Epping Forest in Walthamstow, and has four grade II-listed buildings on the site.

Buckley Gray Yeoman’s Martin Building sits between the school’s existing cricket pavilion and girls school.

The brick building reflects the material predominantly used on the campus.

The practice has also completed a two-storey extension to the adjacent 1950s preparatory school which includes three new classrooms.

Paul White, director at Buckley Gray Yeoman, said: ‘Our challenge in designing the Martin Building was to remain sensitive to Forest School’s heritage and remarkable location while creating a contemporary piece of architecture which would enhance the campus and support the school’s ethos as it flourishes over the next 100 years. Seeing our designs brought to life as the pupils use and enjoy the new facilities and spaces has been immensely rewarding.’

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Project data

Location Walthamstow, London
Client Forest School 
Architect Buckley Gray Yeoman 
Gross internal floor area 604m2
Structural engineer Heyne Tillett Steel
Project architect Andrew Yorke
Design team BGY, Heyne Tillett Steel, MTT & Stace
Tender date October 2012
Start on site date January 2013
Contract duration 10 months
Gross internal floor area 6,500 sq ft
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Total cost £1.6m
M&E consultant MTT Consulting
Quantity surveyor Stace
Planning supervisor Dalton Warner Davis
Main contractor Barley McNaughton

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