The original Kingsdale School was designed by the then-head of the Greater London Council Architects’ Department, Leslie Martin. Martin, who would later gain a knightood for his work on the Royal Festival Hall, conceived it as a new model for school buildings. They were well-designed but cheap, full of light and air and very different from the towering brick behemoths of the Victorian Board Schools that then dominated the city’s low-rise skyline.
By the 1990s it had cracked and faded and was designated a school in “special measures”. dRMM stepped in to breathe new life into the school so that is could continue to serve another generation of pupils.