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Walters & Cohen wins Twyford Abbey school contest

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Walters & Cohen has won an invited competition for a new 1,150-capacity secondary school in West Twyford, west London

The studio defeated an undisclosed shortlist of rival firms to land the project which is being commissioned by a group of local parents.

Planned for phased completion between 2018 and 2020, the project will restore and transform a Grade II-listed complex known as Twyford Abbey which has been abandoned for nearly 30 years.

Designed by William Atkinson, the Gothic Style 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.

Located a short distance from Hangar Lane Station in the London Borough of Ealing, the building is currently in a serious state of disrepair and 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: ‘We are thrilled to be working on Twyford Abbey. Having completed many education projects, this presents a rare opportunity to work on a brand new school, and we are pleased to work with an enthusiastic and forward-thinking client and design team.’

The project is planned to start on site this summer.

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