Concrete Elegance - Schools for the 21st Century


St Paul's School Science Building, Barnes
Speaker: David Tompson, Nicholas Hare Architects

The new science building is the first major addition to St Paul's School for fifty years and represents the start of a process to replace the school’s postwar CLASP system buildings. It provides 18 state-of-the-art teaching laboratories and is designed to create a robust legacy for future generations at the school. Maximising daylight and minimising mechanical ventilation and cooling have been priorities. Deep window reveals and solar shading cuts down unwanted heat gain whilst the building’s concrete frame is left exposed to provide thermal mass in the naturally ventilated labs and the communal spaces.

Haggerston School, Hackney
Speaker: Fiona Lamb, Avanti Architects

Designed by Ernö Goldfinger in 1962, Haggerston School is one of the outstanding school buildings of the period. The brief required the Grade II Listed school to be reconfigured and refurbished to offer a varied choice of activities. An extensive engagement programme resulted in several key interventions including improved community facilities, covered outdoor space, improved ICT provision, improved wayfinding, more flexible teaching space and improved internal thermal comfort conditions. Detailed consultation with English Heritage and the 20th Century Society involved demonstrating that the proposed new thermally broken Part L compliant façade system would not impact on the heritage significance by altering the sight lines or fenestration pattern. The proposed thermal improvements carried out resulted in a saving of 22.5Kg/CO2/sqm equating to a total 27% reduction in carbon emissions.

Chaired by David Bennett.

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