Client: London Borough of Lambeth
Programme: 64 weeks
Description: Extension, Remodelling and Refurbishment
This Design and Build project comprises the remodelling and construction of a three storey extension to the existing Gabriel House, providing a brand new two form entry primary school for 420 pupils and a nursery linked to neighbouring Julian’s Primary School. The existing building was extended with a steel frame to the rear and the project included internal remodelling, external refurbishment and extensive landscaping. The external works featured the construction of a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and a play deck with canopy to the east of the building.
Gabriel House, originally an orphanage and more recently offices, is a Grade II listed building and restrictions were applied to alterations. Lengard worked closely with the school to make the most of this existing building to create a modern and inspiring learning environment. Working on a constrained site was challenging and Lengard overcame this by maintaining close liaison with local resident groups, scheduling deliveries to avoid rush hours, controlling and measuring noise and dust in the residential area and dealing with ground contamination. Key innovations included reliance on thermal mass and natural ventilation, use of sustainable materials as appropriate, thermal insulation and windows to very good standards and installation of solar panels.
BREEAM Very Good.