Allford Hall Monaghan Morris – Burntwood School, London 2014



Allford All Monaghan Morris:


The Burntwood School development consists of six new educational buildings-as-pavilions and a new landscape plan for the campus. The original swimming pool and gymnasium building and main assembly hall, designed by Sir Leslie Martin, have been retained and refurbished, whilst other buildings no longer fit for purpose were demolished. The new development increases the school s capacity by more than 200 pupils to 2,000, plus 200 staff.

The new buildings complement the retained buildings whilst responding to the latest technical developments in precast concrete construction, and follow a similar logic to the original building typologies.

In line with the Modernist heritage of the original buildings, Burntwood School is experienced as a campus development, exploiting the views and spaces between the buildings and enabling the green spaces beyond to be appreciated from the heart of the campus.

The six new pavilions include four curriculum buildings for business skills, arts and technology, communications, and maths and science. A new sports hall is located next to the original pool building and a new performing arts building with a ground floor dining hall extends out to an external dining terrace next to a flower meadow.

The most recognisable element of the school design are the faceted reinforced precast concrete panels to the curriculum buildings. These are 3.0m and 4.5m long to align with a typical classroom and structural module of 7.5m, as well as allowing a smaller module to be composed for smaller internal accommodation. The new sports building is constructed from a steel frame and clad in precast concrete planks – simple but robust and easily maintained.



Architects: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris

Location: London, UK

Surface: 21405 mq

Year/status: completed October 2014

Structure: concrete

Materials: precast and in-situ concrete, glass

Project team: Paul Monaghan, Lukas Ochendal, Ben Gibson, Daniel Lewis, Alan Worn, Ben Leach, Simon Allford, Jonathan Hall, Peter Morris

Client/contractor: Wandsworth Council and LendLease

Partner/consultants: Project Manager and CDM Coordinator: Lend Lease
Main Contractor: Lend Lease
Structural and Civil Engineer: Buro Happold
Building Services Engineer: Mott MacDonald Fulcrum
Landscape Architect: Kinnear Landscape Architects
Artist: Studio Myerscough
Quantity Surveyor: Lend Lease
Planning Consultant: Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners
Acoustic and Security Consultant: Mott MacDonald Fulcrum
Fire Consultant: Tenos Fire Engineering
Access Consultant: David Bonnett Associates
Precast concrete panels: Techrete

Photography: Timothy Soar and Rob Parrish


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