Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Newlands School Opens

It's great news that a brand new project we have been heavily involved with has received excellent press coverage recently from the latest edition of 'Architects Journal'.

Newlands School is a small secondary school for SEBD boys in Peckham.  These boys, amongst the most underprivileged students in Southwark, moved into their brand new building just last week and is a massive improvement on their previous random collection of buildings.

the-learning-crowd provided the education advice throughout the design process, working with the school, the wonderfully talented architects Sandy Wright and Stephen Smith at Wright and Wright, 4 Futures; the Local Education Partnership between the London Borough of Southwark and Balfour Beatty. 

With comments like: "You have to visit Newlands and see it for real, to fully understand just how good this building is."  and "Wright and Wright's building is... a serious piece of work" and "the sense of it's weight and spatial properties within which skillfully enable passive monitoring - there are indoor windows and vision panels everywhere - are hard to capture in print or on screen" reflect just how much care, research and effort went into this £9.25 million scheme.
Crucially the school is delighted and people are confident that the environment will make a signficant difference to the students.  This is something the-learning-crowd intend to review and evaluate with the school in a few months time.
For more photographs of the scheme please click here.
This is just one of several major schemes we are working on, all at different stages of development.
(The story is also included on the-learning-crowd website - to see that please click here

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Photo 5 with that open space is great - and I like the quote high on the wall:

"Be the change you wish to see in the world."