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Ryder scoops planning for new free school in former hospital

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Ryder Architecture has won planning permission to convert a disused hospital in Battersea, south London into a free school

The Grade II-listed Bolingbroke Hospital building will be converted into a ‘modern teaching environment’, and the external facade and heritage features will be sensitively restored.

All recent additions to the main building are set to be demolished and a new sports extension built to the south. Three smaller extensions will be added providing better circulation within the building.

The construction project and future running cost of the school will be funded directly by the government as part of its new free school education initiative. The approval come just days after the government unveiled 55 new free school projects.

The new Bolingbroke Academy will open in September 2012 and will provide enough space for 800 pupils aged between 11 and 19.

A new GP surgery will also be created on the site which could employ around 20 staff and provide as many as 180 patient appointments every day.

Wandsworth Council’s planning chairman councilor Nick Cuff said: ‘This scheme will rescue a prized local landmark from dereliction and create a modern, attractive teaching environment for generations of local children. The building’s historic fabric will be restored to its former glory and the unsightly extensions replaced with high quality, modern structures.’

Ryder worked with DPP on the scheme.

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