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London's second Lycée completed

International school, named after Winston Churchill, opens its doors

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 25, 2015 | International

The Lycée International de Londrés Winston Churchill, London’s second Lycée after Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, has opened its doors to students for the first time after the refurbishment of the former Grade 2 Listed Brent Town Hall buildings and construction of a new build specialist teaching annex is completed. 

The new international school, built by Bouygues UK and designed by LSI Architects from a concept developed by SouthStudio, provides inspirational educational facilities to meet the growing need for places in London. The school has been named after Winston Churchill in recognition of Churchill's role in the 1944 liberation of France, and was recently inaugurated by President François Hollande. 

A new build L-shaped teaching block has been sensitively positioned adjacent to the existing former Brent Town Hall building to follow the topography of the site, stepping from two to three storeys. The 1930’s Brent Town Hall was Grade 2 Listed in 1990 and features a long brick facade on Forty Lane, having been described as 'the best of the modern town halls around London, neither fanciful nor drab'.

Combined, the buildings provide an approximate internal area of 12,500sqm within a site area of around 5.3 acres. This will accommodate around 1070 pupils aged from six to 18 years old, and include a single-form entry primary school for 170 pupils and a secondary school for 900 pupils. 

Associate Partner at LSI Architects, Peter Courtney, said: “Specific care was taken to ensure that the new build annex strongly relates to the setting of the existing building and its surrounding context, as well as incorporating onsite sports facilities, a range of play areas and extensive landscaping, which are central to the brief. 

“Through creating a holistic campus wide design strategy, all classrooms, teaching spaces, restaurant and common areas feature an abundance of natural light, and are airy, well ventilated, modern and vibrant, with good acoustics, featuring state of the art modern technology.”    

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