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Queensmill School

Project: Queensmill ASD School, Purpose Built Specialist Autistic School and Respite Centre.
Client/ Head Teacher: Jude Ragan, MBE & London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Address: 1 Askham Road, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 0NW
Duration: 15 month programme, On site May 2013 – completed September 2014
Project value: £10m

Brief

3BM were appointed to design and project manage the delivery of the Autistic School, from inception through to completion. During the early stages of the process the design team were also involved in the school organisation strategy for Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Council, where our key role was to establish opportunities within the councils building portfolio to establish a suitable site to locate the new school. A detailed focus was applied to the overall design ethos to assist a dynamic curriculum applied by Jude Ragan and her staff team.

A minimalist design ethos was applied to the school both internally and externally, by developing simplistic but crisp design detail throughout. The focus of this ethos was to reduce and almost remove distraction for the students from the environment they are within, while the organic stimuli from the landscape would provide a natural stimuli drawing the students attention away from the building itself externally. Internally the focus of the design was to produce a simplistic and low arousal design to calm the students during their day.

Queensmill School

This design generated specific challenges set out from both the local authority and local residents groups, with 2 rounds of consultation and 2 further rounds of meetings with the local residents groups, required to express the need for such a design ethos. During this process the design was also presented by 3BM Building Professional Services to a Design Review Panel (LBHF internal peer review by external architectural practices to ensure high quality designs) and positive support was given to the design ethos.Having gone through this process full support was offered from the local authority and local resident groups and planning permission was granted. The approval of this design has been accompanied with stringent parameters including quality of detailing, specification of materials and quality of construction.

All of which are an integral part of providing the building provision required by the client and authority. Since the completion of the project Ofsted have inspected the school and have granted the school ‘Outstanding’. Within this assessment, Ofsted are quoted as stating; “The accommodation is outstanding. The new school décor, for example, minimises unwanted distractions of noise and colour and this contributes very well to the relaxed environment in which the pupils learn.”

Burlington Danes Academy

Project: Burlington Danes Academy Purpose Built 2 FE Primary School, and Nursery Provision
Client/ Head Teacher: Ark
Schools Address: Wood Lane, London W12 0HR
Duration: 12 month Programme, On site Jan 2015 – Completion date Feb 2016
Project value: £6.4m
Role: Lead Architects with Full Design Team and Project Management

Brief

3BM Building Professional Services are working with ARK schools to deliver a new-build 2FE Primary School on the Burlington Danes Academy site for the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. The project has been part-funded by EFA and LBHF.

3BM have purpose designed a two-storey building dedicated to teaching 420 children aged from 4-11, with added nursery provision for 30 children. The general arrangement of the floor plan is largely governed by the constraints of the developable site area at BDA and the need to maximise the space available from a funding perspective.

The main school entrance is highlighted with a blue feature canopy and leads to a secure entrance hub on the south west corner of the building. The classrooms wrap around the outside of the building on both levels to provide natural light and ventilation, and access to external play for the infant school children located on the ground floor.

Burlington Danes Academy

The two-storey floor plan is punctuated with a double height hall space which can be sub-divided and used for PE, assemblies, drama and dining. The space is naturally lit via strip glazing to the north and south. The school will have its own dedicated full service kitchen and servery facility, and designated external play area, both of which will allow the new school to operate independently from the existing secondary school buildings.

Externally the building will be finished in a mixture of brick, white render and metal cladding, all adopted to reflect the existing buildings on site whilst ensuring the new building retains its own identity. Sporadic use of the school colours – blue and yellow – create interest, harmonise the primary and secondary facilities and draw inspiration from the listed building façade on the Wood Lane end of the site.

Planning permission was granted in September 2014 and Contractor tenders returned in November 2014 with the target of site commencement in January 2015. The first intake of students for the new BDA Primary Academy is planned for September 2015.

Sacred Heart Sports and Science Block

Project: Sacred Heart Sports and Science Block
Client/ Head Teacher: Sacred Heart High School
Schools Address: 212 Hammersmith Road, Hammersmith, W6 7DG
Duration: 12 month construction programme completion September 2015
Project value: £6.4m
Role: Lead Architects with Full Design Team and Project Management

Brief

The design brief is to create a purpose built specialist Science and Sports Block, which is fit for, purpose and contributes to the schools expansion by 1FE. This will also incorporate specialist prep rooms, reception areas, office provision and support facilities for the sports hall. The New provision will also improve the connectivity and flow to the existing Stuart building.

Sacred Heart

The design will also be designed to be sympathetic to the existing sensitivities of the site, taking into account the existing historical character which feeds through the site from the South Cloisters fronting Broadway to the historical green adjacent to the Stuart building which dates back to the early 1800’s. With this in mind the Architecture will also reflect the quality of the existing materiality of the existing buildings with the use of robust materials to finish the specialist block with quality materials.

William Morris Sixth Form

Project: William Morris Sixth Form
Client/ Head Teacher: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Schools Address: St Dunstan’s Road, Fulham, London
Duration: Project started spring 2014. Construction stage estimated May 2015 – Feb 2016
Project value: Estimated £1.95m
Role: Lead Architects with Full Design Team and Project Management

Brief

Proposed new extensions and internal alterations to an existing, single-storey Victorian school building, most recently used as a NHS Drop-in Clinic. The proposal will create a much-needed, SEN centre for the Sixth Form and an improved site entrance and reception to the whole campus.

William Morris Sixth Form

New Kings School

Project: New Kings School
Client/ Head Teacher: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Schools Address: New Kings Road, Fulham, London
Duration: July 2013 – June 2014
Project value: Estimated £3.8m
Role: Lead Architects with Full Design Team and Project Management

Brief

Proposed new extensions and internal alterations to an existing Victorian school building to enable the school to expand by an additional form of entry. The proposal also included the design of a new detached Studio building to provide specialist teaching areas. Project did not progress beyond RIBA Stage 2 due to a reappraisal of the client’s school organisation strategy.

New Kings School

ARK Bentworth Primary Academy

Project: ARK Bentworth Primary Academy
Client/ Head Teacher: ARK Schools
Schools Address: Bentworth Road, London, W12 7AJ
Duration: Feasibility Stage September 2013
Project value: £0.6m – £2.1m
Role: Architectural Feasibility Study

Brief

3BM carried out a feasibility study to improve the provision at the existing school. The brief consisted of 3 main objectives; to increase the size of the existing hall, to improve the size of the classrooms, and to create a new entrance and administration space to improve the user experience of the existing school building. The project can be undertaken in phases or as a whole depending upon the level of funding available.

ARK Bentworth

Clancarty Road School

Project: Clancarty Road School Refurbishment
Client/ Head Teacher: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Schools Address: Clancarty Road, Fulham, London
Duration: Feasibility Stage September 2013
Project value: Estimated £1.95m
Role: Lead Architects with Full Design Team and Project Management

Brief

3BM are currently undertaking a feasibility study to provide accommodation for four forms of entry for Primary age children within the former Peterborough School building on Clancarty Road. The proposal is to provide spaces to be shared by Ecole Marie D’Orliac and a Bi-lingual partnership with a local VA school.

Clancarty Road

Fulham College

Project: Fulham College Federation Site Strategy
Client/ Head Teacher: Fulham College Federation
Schools Address: Fulham College Boys School & Fulham Cross Girls School
Duration: July 2014 – Ongoing
Project value: £?m
Role: Architectural Site Strategy & Feasibility Study

Brief

3BM have undertaken a study of the two existing campus sites and provided an option appraisal regarding the overall site development strategy. The college’s goal is to improve their sport and science provision across the two sites. The current outline proposals include a mix of extensions, internal refurbishment, and demolition and new-build to achieve the brief.

3BM will be working closely with the college management to generate funding for the planned, phased development.

Fulham College

Woodlane High School

Project: Woodlane High School
Client/ Head Teacher: London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
Schools Address: Du Cane Road, Hammersmith, London
Duration: Feasibility study started in early 2013 with site completion planned for January 2015
Project value: Construction Value: estimated £600,000
Role: Lead Architects with Full Design Team and Project Management

Brief

3BM have undertaken the design, and full delivery on site, of a new single-storey extension to the existing Woodlane High School building. The new building will provide five additional teaching rooms, storage and toilet provision, all suitable for the SEN students using the site. Other works delivered in the project include the improvement of the existing circulation spaces, refurbishment of a Food Technology room and improvement of the first floor climate control.

Woodlane High School

Normand Croft Community School

Project: Normand Croft Community School
Client/ Head Teacher: Normand Croft Community School
Schools Address: Bramber Rd, London W14 9PA
Duration: Summer-Autumn 2013
Project value: Estimated £500,000
Role: Architectural Concept Design Feasibility Study

Brief

3BM undertook a feasibility study to regenerate the south side of the existing school site. The area is currently underused and in need of improvement. 3BM developed a concept design to include the re-cladding of the existing building facade, creation of a new public entrance and interactive plaza, and a new educational nature trail complete with allotments. The proposal will not only provide the much-needed aesthetic improvement but it will also provide a space suitable for school and community use.

Normand Croft Community School

Westminster Secondary School

Project: Westminster Secondary School Expansion Plan
Client/ Head Teacher: Westminster City Council
Schools Address: Multiple sites
Duration: Framework appointment 2014-2018
Project value: Part of overall framework allocation, circa £28m
Role: Lead Architect with Project Management

Brief

3BM were successful in competition to be appointed to the City of Westminster framework to provide architectural and project management services in relation to schools projects. Our first role under the framework agreement was to investigate the feasibility of increasing the council’s secondary school places by four forms of entry (4FE). 3BM have undertaken an assessment of six existing school sites across the borough and have provided the client with initial proposals indicating where the additional places could be provided.

Westminster Secondary School