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Clapham Manor School

Award-winning primary school extension

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Client: London Borough of Lambeth
Status: Completed
Location: London, UK
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Type/Sector: Education
Tagged: Re-use, Sustainability Exemplars

Collaborators

Project manager Sprunt
Cost Consultant Appleyard & Trew
Structural Engineer Michael Hadi Associates
Services Engineer Fulcrum Consulting
CDM Coordinator Appleyard & Trew
Acoustics Fleming & Barron
Main Contractor The Construction Partnership

This colourful extension gave an ‘outstanding’ primary school a new identity, much-needed learning spaces and an organisational hub, all the while maximising play space for the children.

Collaborators

Project manager Sprunt
Cost Consultant Appleyard & Trew
Structural Engineer Michael Hadi Associates
Services Engineer Fulcrum Consulting
CDM Coordinator Appleyard & Trew
Acoustics Fleming & Barron
Main Contractor The Construction Partnership
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01 A victim of its own success

Clapham Manor Primary School had become a victim of its own success, having grown from a one- to two-form entry. This placed considerable pressure on successful delivery of curriculum within the restrictions of the original building.

Yet despite the physical constraints, the school excelled under the leadership of head teacher Brian Hazell, achieving Ofsted ‘Outstanding School’ and DfES Beacon School status.

The London Borough of Lambeth asked us to consider the provision of additional learning spaces within the site that would support both learning and play.

02 Under one roof

We developed the masterplan for the school in consultation with the school community and local authority. We soon learned that the school was successful because everything was ‘under one roof’.

We therefore conceived the new wing as a freestanding addition that plugged into the existing school. The location for the addition – a former caretakers’ house and awkward 1960s extension – was the most constrained and under-used portion of the site.

We wanted to create a building that would sit shoulder to shoulder with the two great brick exemplars but not be subservient. The Conservation Office was supportive, provided the contemporary addition was of the highest standard.

The extension is pulled away from the flank wall to sit parallel with the neighbouring Grade II-listed Odd Fellows Hall, which created space for a new formal entrance into the school. This improved security by acting as an organisational hub for access to the entire premises.

The colourful extension next to the original Victorian building.
The colourful extension next to the original Victorian building.
03 Learning environment

In addition to new classrooms, students benefit from spaces for performance and dance, music practice, breakout learning, socialising and a medical room.

Staff share a resource room, copy facilities and administration, and there are offices for the head teacher and for the facilities and premises manager. The wider community can also use the facilities, extending the agenda of lifelong learning.

Clapham Manor Primary School was the recipient of a RIBA award and a winner at the Civic Trust Awards. Its striking façade, with a shifting colour spectrum, was inspired by post war system-built schools. It acts within the neighbourhood as a beacon for excellence and the imagination, and speaks to the school motto, that of “growing brighter futures” within.

Like all good architecture, it does something beyond its boundaries. It's sorted out an old back alley and has turned it into a wonderful front door for the school where parents and children gather in the morning and the evening, and that's what good architecture does: positive contribution to the urban public realm.
Ivan Harbour
Stirling Prize jury citation

Awards

2010
Shortlisted, RIBA Stirling Prize
2011
London Planning Awards for Best Built Project, Community Category
2011
New London Awards (NLA), Learning Category
2011
Commended, Mayor’s Award for Planning Excellence
2010
Civic Trust Award
2009
Highly commended, World Architecture Festival Awards', 'Learning' category
2009
Shortlisted, Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture

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