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Thursday31 July 2014

Fraser Brown McKenna given green light for Carshalton Boys Sports College

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The new building will provide 775 sqm of new classroom space at the Academy

Fraser Brown McKenna has been granted planning permission for a new classroom suite at Carshalton Boys Sports College in Sutton.

The building will be a new 775sq m addition to the non-selective academy, which has been included in the 100 ‘most improved schools’ for the past three years running.

The new building replaces an existing, outdated temporary building with eight new classrooms and staff offices.

The single storey structure will form a low rectangle with two canopied entrances at each end to guide pupils in. Externally, Fraser Brown McKenna has incorporated a neutral palette of two materials, corten pre-weathered steel and a patterned aluminium panel, to create a two-layered facade. This will provide a textured pattern as well as protection on the south east elevation from excessive solar gain and overlooking from the adjacent basketball courts.

The new building utilises off-site manufacture to meet sustainability requirements and budget restraints. It is being funded through the Academy Capital Maintenance Fund grant.

Fraser Brown McKenna said: “We are delighted to be working on this project. Our challenge has been to maximise the spatial quality of the new classrooms on a tight budget.

“A rhythmic sequence of rooflights and full height vision panels to the corridor allow every space to be flooded with daylight and enhance the building’s connection with the landscape. The arrangement of the perforated pre-weathered steel panels in the facade emphasise and enhance this rhythm.”

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