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Date
2011
Region
UK
Sector
Retrofit Schools
Budget
£5m - £20m
Client
Newham BSF/Laing O'Rourke
Location
London Borough of Newham
Team
Aecom, Hoare Lea, DBK Coyne Adams, RPS, Plincke, Laing O'Rourke

Cullinan Studio provided full architectural services from inception to completion for the extensive remodelling of Forest Gate Community School, as part of the London Borough Newham’s Building Schools for the Future Programme.

Forest Gate Community School

Our approach was to switch the main entrance from the north to the south of site where a new entrance building, incorporating a new four court sports hall, acts as an extension of the shop frontage of the Town Centre. The new building helps to advertise the school’s services to the local community and beyond, and strengthens the school’s specialist status in Business and Enterprise with an Enterprise Cafe and conference suite.

The former Community Learning Centre at the heart of the school has been converted into a fantastic open plan breakout space, creating a stimulating learning and performance zone over two levels. Next to the break out space is a new passenger lift and staircase, improving access, circulation and way-finding. The new facilities of the community school can be accessed and securely zoned for community use after hours.

The refurbishment of the existing buildings brings classroom sizes and circulation up to current guidance where possible. The school was able to function whilst construction took place with a process of decanting, by firstly converting two levels of existing gymnasia into classrooms.

"The school environment has been changed immeasurably and both students and staff are now reaping the benefits of our renewed and modernised surroundings. I found all of the design and construction team to be highly professional and attuned to the school environment and greatly appreciated that they recognised educational coninuity as a priority and not as a barrier to construction".

Peter Mellon, Business Manager, Forest Gate Community School