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Monday28 July 2014

First look: Duggan Morris is cooking in Croydon

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Work has started on three projects designed by Duggan Morris Architects for secondary schools in the London Borough of Croydon.

The schemes are being undertaken as part of The Cooking Spaces Project, a government initiative to expand the experience of cooking beyond the Key Stage 3 statutory requirements.

The largest of the three projects is a new food block, being built at Shirley High School, comprising two classrooms and a shared food prep area. Planters are to be located next to the building, encouraging a “seed-to-plate” ethos.

At Virgo Fidelis school, a free-standing building is being introduced to deliver the programme of the International Baccalaureate in Creativity, Action and Service. The building is to be provided with an adjacent kitchen garden. The inclusion of a kitchenette should allow it to double as a facility for out-of-hours community use, providing the school with a potential source of additional revenue.

At Westwood Girls College for Language & Arts, the practice is building an extension to the congested multi-use assembly hall which will seat 120 pupils. Elevated on columns at the high end of the site, the building enjoys views across Croydon.

The three projects respond to a restricted budget and programme through the adoption of a shared constructional vocabulary.

Each is a simple form, built from metal structurally insulated wall panels and a metal profile roof deck – a system commonly used to construct cold stores. Each building will then be wrapped in a simple decorative mesh.

All three are due to complete in time for this coming autumn term.

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