Burntwood School

2015 RIBA Stirling Prize winner London / United Kingdom / 2014

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The transformation of Burntwood School in Wandsworth, south London reinvents a 1950s modernist education campus for 2,000 pupils and 200 staff. The existing school was set out in a campus style within a mature landscape. A swimming pool & gymnasium building and elegant assembly hall designed by Sir Leslie Martin were retained, while all other buildings were demolished to make way for six new teaching pavilions. Comprising four curriculum buildings, a sports hall and a performing arts & dining building, the new pavilions are placed amongst the old within a new landscape plan, forming a complete and coherent campus. The most striking element of the award winning design is the faceted reinforced precast concrete panels to the four curriculum building façades. One of the final projects procured through the Building Schools for the Future programme, the development was positively received by the CABE Design Review Panel and targeted a BREEAM rating of Excellent.

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    The transformation of Burntwood School in Wandsworth, south London reinvents a 1950s modernist education campus for 2,000 pupils and 200 staff. The existing school was set out in a campus style within a mature landscape. A swimming pool & gymnasium building and elegant assembly hall designed by Sir Leslie Martin were retained, while all other buildings were demolished to make way for six new teaching pavilions. Comprising four curriculum buildings, a sports...

    Project details
    • Year 2014
    • Work finished in 2014
    • Client London Borough of Wandsworth / Burntwood School
    • Status Completed works
    • Type Schools/Institutes
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