Evelyn Lowe School, Bermondsey
The subject of an RIBA competition, the School was housed in a 1967 Grade Two Listed building and also in an Edwardian block on a spilt site. The brief for the competition was to expand and modernise to create a 21st Century school that respects the design philosophy of the original with its innovative open plan teaching arrangement. The project formed part of a wave of primary school funding for Southwark’s ‘Schools for the Future’ program.

The competition winning scheme placed new classrooms in pods around the external boundary of the site, leaving the listed school buildings refurbished and intact. Each pod is constructed using a steel frame that could easily be erected from the road side. The open plan concept of the 1960s school has been maintained in the new buildings, with carefully chosen materials to provide passive control of the thermal and acoustic environments.

Architect HKR Architects and John Pardey Architects
Client London Borough of Southwark
Project Value £11 million
Photographs James Morris
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