Thursday31 July 2014

Jestico & Whiles completes Hackney technology college

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Jestico & Whiles has completed a £15 million technology college in east London.

Clapton Girls’ Technology College, part of Hackney’s Building Schools for the Future programme, is 60% refurbishment and 40% new-build.

The design, which brought the original school up from 10,296sq m to 11,535sq m, retained some of the historic architectural features of the original Edwardian “Pankhurst” building on the site, including the grand staircase and entrance hall.

A key requirement of the new building was that it tackled overcrowding and circulation problems by strengthening movement between the new and existing buildings.

Materials such as brick, timber and glass were chosen to complement the existing buildings, while solar shading on the new-build was designed to echo the horizontal projections of the main Edwardian building’s dormer windows.

Sustainable features include highly insulated walls, integrated solar protection, exposed thermal mass, natural ventilation, sedum roofs and daylight responsive lights.

The school has been awarded a Breeam rating of “good”.


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