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.