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Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus

Broadwater Farm Inclusive Campus by Gollifer Langston Architects

8 September 2014

The procurement method was instrumental in the success of a highly bespoke project combining two schools on one inner-city site

Pegasus Academy Trust, Croydon by Hayhurst and Co

Pegasus Academy Trust, Croydon by Hayhurst and Co

2 June 2014

Hayhurst and Co’s remodelling of the Pegasus Academy in Croydon brings together years of piecemeal architecture into a coherent whole

Whitmore Park Primary School, Coventry

Examination time: Whitmore Park Primary School, Coventry

16 May 2014

All eyes are on the newly opened Whitmore Park Primary School in Coventry, the first completion under the government’s Priority School Building Programme. Has design quality been sacrificed by budget cuts?

The scheme adds two new symmetrical redbrick wings to the existing Lutyens building.

Henrietta Barnett School, Hampstead Garden Suburb by Hopkins Architects

26 October 2011

Hopkins’ greatest skill is in creating contextual rather than iconic architecture, and its new school buildings next to Lutyens’ Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute put this to the test

The shuttering imprint on new entrance pavilions echoes the ribbed pre-cast concrete of the existing facade.

St Joseph’s Primary School, Highgate, by Pie Architecture

07 January 2011

Pie Architecture’s individual reworking of a 1970s primary school is notable for its careful attention to the needs of the classroom

Walters & Cohen Courtyard

Walters & Cohen's Wembley Primary School, London

BD Reviews- Primary Education

Walters & Cohen overcame considerable site constraints to create Wembley Primary School with large courtyards at its heart to bring the community together

Scuola La Monda Raphael Zuber

Scuola La Monda, Grono, Switzerland by Raphael Zuber

6 March 2012

Raphael Zuber’s innovative school building in Grono, Switzerland is a lesson in what creative practices can achieve in a conducive industry culture

The jaunty triple gable end of the building greets the approach from the south-east.

South Norwood Hill Children’s Centre by Erect Architecture

13 July 2011

Erect Architecture’s joyful reinvention of a nursery building in South Norwood, London, has a lot to teach us about working with existing buildings and systems, says Oliver Wainwright

White Design Dartington PrimarySchool

White Design’s Dartington Primary School

BD Reviews Sustainability July 2010

With its individual timber-clad classrooms, Dartington Primary School in Devon by White Design blends into the rural landscape while creating one of the greenest schools in the UK.

The nursery-level classrooms open onto a zinc covered terrace.

Maccreanor Lavington's De Klare Bron primary, Belgium

18 September 2009

The flexibility of the Flemish system enabled Maccreanor Lavington to branch out into a new sector with its generous yet understated nursery and primary school in Heverlee village

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Secondary education

Hawkins Brown - conversion of Elliott School into Ark Putney Academy

Ark Putney Academy, London, by Hawkins Brown

8 August 2016

Elliott School was one of LCC’s finest post-war comprehensives, but had its fair share of problems. When an ambitious redevelopment was announced, former pupils led a mutiny to save the buildings they loved. Five years later Chloe McCulloch returns to assess the results

A 100m race track cuts across the plan linking the two site entrances.

Evelyn Grace Academy, Brixton, by Zaha Hadid Architects

1 April 2016

The aggressive swagger of Zaha Hadid’s Evelyn Grace Academy reflects the hard-edged dynamism found within the school itself

Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls' Secondary School

Notre Dame Roman Catholic Girls' Secondary School extension by Cottrell & Vermeulen

3 April 2013

With a striking bespoke design and a passionate client, this extension to a Roman Catholic girls’ school shows educational buildings can’t always fit the mould

Polycarbonate porticos of the principal facade echo the semi-detached houses across the street.

Broadway School by Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture

4 January 2012

A pragmatic yet innovative approach to a school refurbishment in Birmingham points towards the future of educational institutions in these straitened times

AHMM's Dagenham Park School in Barking.

AHMM: Dagenham Park School, Barking

23 February 2011

Paul Monaghan and Andrew O’Donnell of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris discuss the use of prefabrication at the practice’s £16.9m Dagenham Park School.

Exposed steel structure inside a classroom at Penoyre & Prasad's Wren Academy.

Penoyre & Prasad’s Wren Academy

BD Reviews Secondary Education June 2010

Penoyre & Prasad’s Wren Academy in north London specialises in the built environment, meaning that the building itself is a teaching aid

Two-metre-high concrete lettering will display the school’s name on the western elevation.

Drawing board: St Saviour’s & St Olave’s School, South London by AOC

19 April 2012

AOC’s extension to a south London girls’ school opens up its defensive design with a glass entrance and uses striking brick signage to emphasise its presence

The floors cantilever towards the south, with terraces along the western facade.

City of Westminster College by Schmidt Hammer Lassen

23 February 2011

City of Westminster College, the Learning & Skills Council’s last grand vision, leaves a dramatic monument to a bygone age.

A 100m race track cuts across the plan linking the two site entrances.

Evelyn Grace Academy, Brixton, by Zaha Hadid Architects

22 October 2010

The aggressive swagger of Zaha Hadid’s Evelyn Grace Academy reflects the hard-edged dynamism found within the school itself

DEGW Chantry School

DEGW’s personalised learning research project

BD Reviews Secondary Education June 2010

DEGW is leading a research project on the spatial implications of personalised learning principles, and how architects can embody them in their school designs.


Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre, Oxford by Níall McLaughlin Architects

27 July 2017

At Worcester College, Oxford, Níall McLaughlin Architects has created an elegant building that manages to be both proudly contemporary and almost classically formal while moulding into the landscape. Ike Ijeh finds out how the architect managed it

The Bartlett by Hawkins Brown

The Bartlett School of Architecture, by Hawkins Brown

16 December 2016

Loved and loathed by its users, renewing the Bartlett School of Architecture’s home was always going to be a sensitive project. Joe Morris returns to his alma mater to assess the transformation of Wates House into 22 Gordon Street

The 350-seat auditorium is now capable of multiple stage configurations

University of Sussex arts centre by RH Partnership

18 November 2015

The renovation of the University of Sussex’s arts centre transforms the space beyond an education facility to a fully fledged performance venue

University of Birmingham sports centre

University of Birmingham sports centre by Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands

17 March 2014

Building designed as a gateway to the campus

Newnham Court student housing by Cottrell + Vermeulen Architecture

Clare College, Cambridge, student housing by Cottrell & Vermeulen

20 February 2014

Newnham Court’s postgraduate homes continue Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture’s successful relationship with the University of Cambridge

University of Limerick by Grafton Architects

University of Limerick Medical School by Grafton Architects

20 February 2013

Grafton Architects’ buildings for Limerick University demonstrate the practice’s theory of placemaking

Bristol Life Sceinces

Bristol Life Sciences: Split personality

2 February 2015

Sheppard Robson’s Bristol Life Sciences building comprises a sober street facade that apes Georgian townhouse vernacular; and a dramatic, industrial laboratory elevation that ripples like a giant metallic wave. Ike Ijeh reports

Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art by Stephen Holl Architects

Reid Building, Glasgow School of Art by Steven Holl Architects

5 March 2014

Veiled in translucent glass, Steven Holl’s new building for the Glasgow School of Art stands in sharp contrast with its eminent neighbour over the road

Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics

LSE’s Saw Swee Hock Student Centre by O’Donnell & Tuomey Architects

29 January 2014

LSE student centre boldly introduces a faceted sculptural form into the dense urban grain of central London

London Metropolitan University, ARU

Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design by ARU

10 January 2013

Architecture Research Unit has kicked off the remodelling of London Metropolitan University’s Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design with a bold revamp of the building’s fourth floor

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