SPACES Awards 2019 – Education Refurbishment

Winner – The Belham Primary School, London. Application. Application Haverstock
Highly Commended – Kingsgate Primary School, London. Application Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Highly Commended – Robert Mays School, Hampshire. Application Hampshire County Council Property Services

The Belham Primary School, London

Client – London Borough of Southwark
Architect – Haverstock
M&E & Structural Engineer – Watermans
Contractor – Morgan Sindall

This school centres around the sensitive restoration and extension of the Grade II Listed Old Bellenden School, which had not functioned as a school for many years. The design had to consider essential remedial works to restore the listed fabric safeguarding the building’s future together with the provision of a significant 3 storey new build extension. The positioning of the new build was challenging given complex party wall issues, overlooking from neighbours, rights of light implications and the historic gables of the existing building which Historic England were keen to preserve.
This project balanced the needs of conservation, development, sustainable design, stakeholder engagement and outstanding architecture for the benefit of its diverse and dynamic community in central London.