Walters & Cohen has been given the go-ahead to convert Twyford Abbey, a derelict Grade II-listed Gothic-style mansion in west London, into a 1,150-capacity secondary school
The studio defeated Studio E Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Ellis Miller with Terrell to land the project – a scheme commissioned by a group of local parents – following an invited competition.
Planned for phased completion between 2018 and 2020, the project will restore the dilapidated, existing house into a new administration block and sixth form centre while also delivering two new buildings for teaching, sport and dining.
Designed by William Atkinson, the Neogothic mansion was constructed on the site of a former manor house in 1816. Twyford Abbey was later purchased by a Catholic Order and converted into a nursing home in 1902 before being abandoned in 1988.
The complex close to Hangar Lane Station in the London Borough of Ealing is currently in a serious state of disrepair and is included on Historic England’s Heritage at Risk Register.
Walters & Cohen’s winning scheme will transform the structure into a new administration block and sixth form centre while also delivering two new buildings for teaching, sport and dining.
The abbey’s landscaped grounds, historic walled garden, open parkland and mature woodland will also be restored for outdoor activities and learning.
Commenting on the win, Walters & Cohen director Cindy Walters said: ’The recent history of Twyford Abbey is dominated by failed planning applications going back almost 30 years, so we are really pleased to have achieved planning and listed building consent for this fascinating and sensitive site.
‘The project presents a rare opportunity to design a school from scratch – architecturally and pedagogically – which for Walters & Cohen is a culmination of all our experience and research in education.
’This is also an exciting chance to bring the historic Abbey and surroundings back into use and for us to work with a forward-thinking client.’