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SW London school's new sixth-form block

Urban Projects Bureau has completed work on a new 800 sqm sixth-form facility for Tooting's Graveney School

Posted by Dave Higgitt | May 06, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

UPB has worked with Graveney School in Tooting on a number of projects and ventures, the latest of which – a new sixth-form block – is the result of a collaboration between the school staff, students and the design team.

Post-BSF, UPB submitted a range of potential projects for funding bids and was successful in securing an academies capital maintenance fund for a new sixth-form block to the rear of the school site. The building provides extra teaching, study and events spaces for sixth-form students.

The rules for the funding meant that the building had to be delivered on a tight schedule and budget, with a target cost per sqm below current guidelines. The school considered buying an off-the-peg, prefabricated block, but were unconvinced about the quality of accommodation it would provide. Also being situated behind the grade two-listed Furzedown House meant that generic prefabricated buildings would be difficult to get through planning. UPB’s brief was to provide a spatially innovative alternative within the time and cost constraints.

The 800sqm building includes eight classrooms and a double-height independent study space with balconies and gallery. It is constructed from cross laminated timber and has a polycarbonate front facade with window openings designed to frame views across the campus and surrounding trees. 

With little budget for expensive materials or interior finishes, the tectonics and construction of the building – its CLT frame, panels, cladding and openings – are what shapes the building and its identity. 

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