Re-Purposing Existing Buildings Into Schools
Time: 10:50 - 11:10
Date: Tuesday 16 October
The Department for Education has pledged to open 500 Free Schools by 2020 and expects many of these new Free Schools to open in existing buildings which have been refurbished or re-purposed in order for them to operate as schools. Our presentation will look at the challenges of converting buildings into new schools from the… Read more »Education Estates 2019
The Department for Education has pledged to open 500 Free Schools by 2020 and expects many of these new Free Schools to open in existing buildings which have been refurbished or re-purposed in order for them to operate as schools.
Our presentation will look at the challenges of converting buildings into new schools from the point of view of the Architect, Main Contractor and End User.
The range of issues affecting the conversion of existing buildings includes; designing suitable access for pupils and deliveries, creating the right size spaces such as classrooms and halls in the right locations, ensuring circulation of students and staff works well and including external and social spaces.
We will also discuss designing and working around the inefficiencies encountered when working within an existing structure, as well as resolving the specification requirements, such as environmental performance.
Our presentation will look at case studies:
Eden Girls’ School, Slough
This project successfully converted the former Blackberry headquarters into a secondary school for the Tauheedul Education Trust through thoughtful, creative and functional interventions into the existing building. Budget prioritisation and challenges to output specification-compliance required highly effective design coordination. The refurbishment concentrated on internal re-modelling and offered value for money by considering the existing condition of the external façade and only renewing where condition required.
Harris Aspire Academy and Professional Skills Sixth Form
This project involves the conversion of the former South Norwood Police Station in Croydon. In addition to the challenges of converting an existing building the design needed to meet the needs of two different facilities, one for alternative provision and the second for sixth form students.
We will discuss how we have employed innovation and efficiency to overcome the challenges presented by the conversion of existing buildings, the implications on the school’s design and for construction delivery; and consider lessons learnt for the future.
Claire Jackson – Galliford Try
Charles Greenall – ADP