27th March 2012

The extension and refurbishment works at Jessop primary school for London Borough of Lambeth completed in January and achieved BREEAM very good score after transforming the school to two form entry.

With restricted access and the school remaining fully occupied during construction, the project was in three main parts; a three storey infill, a three storey side extension and a single storey administration facility.

The school had been designed to be low energy achieving a BREEAM Very Good score. This was achieved by installation of a Sedum grass roof, sustainably sourced hardwood joinery, high levels of insulation, mixed mode natural ventilation, a heat recovery unit and glass floors along with products which were chosen for their low embodied energy.

This high level of design was reflected by our attention to detail and workmanship to produce a defect free product on completion.

The contrasting mix of light and dark facing brickwork (above) was inspired by one of the children, who produced a mock up of the building in Lego bricks.  The finished result won the approval of the school who conducted a ballot to choose the winning design.

The extended and improved school environment is expected to improve pupil attainment.